Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten



Annabelle Fuchs, M.A.

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (Judaistik)


Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten
Veterinärstr. 1
D-80539 München


Since 2019 I am pursuing a PhD in Heidelberg at the Center for Jewish Studies on the text corpus of the so far so-called "Minor Medieval Midrashim". My work is concerned with the deconstruction of this group of texts, both as a cohesive corpus and as a unified literary genre. Instead, I approach the individual texts from a literary studies perspective and propose new genre classifications. In particular, I have examined the genre of "Medieval Hebrew Bibletales," whose representatives do not belong to midrash literature but should be considered narrative texts. As case studies, I have treated the works of the "Chronicles of Moses" (Divre ha-Yamim shel Moshe), the "Death of Moses" (Petirat Moshe), and the "Death of Aaron" (Petirat Aharon). For this I present editions of the early manuscripts, translations into German, and a detailed commentary. My dissertation is supervised by Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss and is expected to be completed in the course of 2023.

In addition to my study of medieval Hebrew literature, I am interested in developments in the field of Digital Humanities for Jewish Studies. For my doctoral dissertation I created a comprehensive graph database that allowed me to trace the transmission context of Medieval Hebrew Bibletales.

Since April 2023, I am working as a research assistant in the ERC-funded research project "MAJLIS: The Transformation of Jewish Literature in Arabic in the Islamicate World" at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich. My tasks among others include the preparation and transcription of the Shapira inventories.

Annabelle Fuchs is member of the Munich Research Center for Jewish-Arabic Cultures. For further information consult the profile on the website.

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