Dr. Yakov Z. Mayer
Post-doctoral Researcher
Yakov Z. Mayer is a postdoctoral researcher in the collaborative research group on Jewish Translation and Cultural Transfer in Early Modern Europe, funded by the European Research Council (ERC). His research interests include history of the book, material history, Talmud and Jewish law in the medieval and early modern world. Mayer submitted his PhD to Tel Aviv University in 2018.


Selected Publications:

  • “From Material History to Historical Context – the Case Study of MS Vatican Ebr. 133 of the Palestinian Talmud,” Zion 83.3 (2018), pp. 277-321 (Hebrew).

  • “Crying at the Florence Baptistery Entrance – A Testimony of a Traveling Jew,” Renaissance Studies 32.6 (Dec. 2018).

  •  (with A. Van der Haven) “A Halakhic Fragment from a Book Binding in Leiden Library”, in Andreas Lehnardt (ed.), European Genizah: Texts and Studies, vol. II, Brill, 2018 [forthcoming].

  • “The Greatest Book of our Generations – The scholarly Oeuvre of Yaakov Nachum Epstein,” Katharsis 28 (Dec. 2017), pp. 102-111 (Hebrew).

  • “Rav Hamnuna and Rashbi, Between Ashkenaz and Sepharad,” in: Y. Liebes et al (ed.), The Zoharic Narrative, Yad Ben Zvi Printing Press, 2017, pp. 445-462 (Hebrew).

  • “The Devil, The Taz and Shabbetai Sevi – A Late Polish Hasidic Tale,” El Prezente 10 (2016). pp. 95-103.

  • “The Introduction to the Zohar - Text, Structure and Editing,” Kabbala 33 (2015). pp. 153-181 (Hebrew).

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 801861).