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Prof. Ophir Münz-Manor

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Prof. Ophir Münz-Manor
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The Open University of Israel Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies One University Road, P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 4353701, Israel
Office:972-9-7782231 Fax:972-9-7781416 Email:ophirmm@openu.ac.il

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Areas Of Interest
  • Liturgical Poetry in Late Antiquity
  • Early Judaism and Christianity
  • Rabbinic Culture and Society
  • Digital Humanities

Ophir Münz-Manor, an associate professor of Rabbinic Culture, is a specialist in Jewish liturgy and liturgical poetry from Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. His studies focus on the intersections with contemporary Christian texts as well as questions of ritual, performance and gender in late antique Near Eastern cultures

2007
Ph.D., Hebrew Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2002
M.A.(magna cum laude), Hebrew Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
2000
B.A. (magna cum laude), Hebrew Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2016 -
Associate Professor, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel
2009-2016
Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel
2008-2009
Visiting Faculty, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel
2007-2008
Fellow, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
2006-2007
Visiting Scholar, Department of Religious Studies, Brown University

2011-2014  Allon Fellowship for Outstanding Young Researchers, Council for Higher Education

2007-2008 David and Penina Zoller Fellowship - Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania

2006-2007 Rothchild Postdoctoral Fellowship – Yad Hanadiv Foundation 

2005-2006 Mark Uveeler Special Doctoral Scholarship, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture 

2004 The Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines, Authority for Research and Development, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

2003-2006 Doctoral Research Fellowship, Scholion – Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

2015- Chair, Curriculum Committee 

2013 - Chair, Labor Union of the Senior Faculty  

2012 - 2013  Chair, Disciplinary Committee

El'azar birabi Qilir: Liturgical Poems for Hanukkah - A Critical Edition Based on Manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah, Ben Zvi Institute Press, Jerusalem 2018 (Hebrew)

Gender and Sexuality in Rabbinic Culture, The Open University of Israel Press, Ra'anana 2016 (Hebrew) 

Early Piyyut - An Annotated Anthology, Tel Aviv University Press, Tel Aviv 2015 (Hebrew)

"The Ritualization of Creation in Jewish and Christian Liturgical Texts from Late Antiquity," in L. Jenott, S. Kattan-Gribetz (eds.), Jewish and Christian Cosmogony in Late Antiquity (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2013), pp. 271-286.

"A Prolegomenon to the Study of Hekhalot Traditions in European Piyyut," in P. Schäfer , M. Himmelfarb and R. Boustan (eds.), Hekhalot Literature in Context: Between Byzantium and Babylonia (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2013), pp. 110-122.

"Narrating Salvation - Verbal Sacrifices in Late Antique Liturgical Poetry," in A. Y. Reed, N. Dohrmann (eds.), Jews, Christians, and the Roman Empire: The Poetics of Power Late Antiquity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 2013), pp. 154-166, 315-319.

"Figurative Language in Early Piyyut," in W. van Bekkum and N. Katsumata (eds.), Giving a Diamond: Essays in Honor of Joseph Yahalom on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday (Leiden: Brill 2011), 51-68.

"Carnivalesque Ambivalence and the Christian Other in Jewish Poems from Byzantine Palestine," in R. Bonfil, O. Irshai, G. Stroumsa and R. Talgam (eds.), Jews in Byzantium: Dialectics of Minority and Majority Cultures (Leiden: Brill 2011), pp. 831-845.

"Other Voices: Haman, Jesus and the Representations of the Other in Purim Poems from Byzantine Palestine," in Y. Shapira, O. Herzog and T. S. Hess (eds.), Popular and Canonical: Literary Dialogues (Tel Aviv: Resling 2007), pp. 69-79, 211-217 (Hebrew).

Thre Parable of the Lame and the Blind in Epiphanius and its Relation to Jewish Sources: New Texts, The Journal of Theological Studies 68:2 (2017), pp. 593-606.

The payytanic Epithet and its Connections with Figurative Language, Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature 28 (2015), pp. 93-112 (Hebrew).

Jewish and Christian Dispute Poems on the Relationship between the Body and the Soul, Textures: Culture, Literature, Folklore for Galit Hasan-Rokem (Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature, 2013), pp. 187-209 (Hebrew).

Christians and Christianity in Payytanic Literature: Between Typological and Concrete Representations," Ot Le-Tova: Studies Presented to Professor Tova Rosen, a special volume of Mikan - Journal for Hebrew and Israeli Literature and Culture Studies 11 (2012), pp. 43-56 (Hebrew).

Figurative Language in Pre-Classical Piyyut: Between Biblical Models and Poetic Innovations, Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature 24 (2011), pp. 1-22 (Hebrew).

Liturgical Poetry in the sLate Antique Near East: A Comparative Approach, Journal of Ancient Judaism 1:3 (2010), pp. 336-361.

Reflections on Jewish and Christian Liturgical Poetry in Late Antiquity, Peamim: A Quarterly for the Study of Oriental Jews 119 (2009), pp. 131-172 (Hebrew).

As the Apple Among Fruits, so the Priest When He Emerges': Poetic Similies in Pre-Classical Poems of the 'How Lovely' Genre, Ginzei Qedem - Genizah Research Annual 5 (2009), pp. 165-188 (Hebrew).

All about Sarah: Questions of Gender in Yannai's Poems on Sarah's (and Abraham's) Barrenness, Prooftexts – A Journal of Jewish Literary History 26 (3), (2006), pp. 344-374.

Structural Ornamentations and Figurative Language in the Ancient Piyyut, Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature 21 (2006), pp.19–38 (Hebrew).

From Seder HaMaaracha to Seder HaMaamadot – The Emergence and Transformations of a Liturgical Rite in the Middle Ages, rom Seder HaMaaracha to Seder HaMaamadot – The Emergence and Transformations of a Liturgical Rite in the Middle Ages, Tarbitz – A Quarterly for Jewish Studies 73 (2004), pp. 293-310 (Hebrew).

The Creation, The Mishakn and Moshe Hadarshan, Tarbitz – A Quarterly for Jewish Studies 71 (2002), pp. 265-268 (Hebrew).

"Towards the Solution of the Shabuoth Piyyutim Censorship," Tarbitz – A Quarterly for Jewish Studies 70 (2001), pp. 637-644 (Hebrew).

Studies in Figurative Language of Pre-Classical Piyyut, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Hebrew University of Jerusaelm 2007 (Hebrew) 

"Piyyut", "Yannai", "El'azar birabi Qilir," in Eric Orlin, Michael Satlow (eds.) Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, London: Routledge 2016, pp. 279, 791, 1014-1015

"Jacob of Serug’s Homily on Jephtah’s Daughter", in Metrical Homilies of Mar Jacob of Sarug, New Jersey: Gorgias Press 2010 (with Susan Ashbrook Harvey).

M. Florentin, Samaritan Elegies - A Collection of Lamentations, Admonitions, and Poems of Praising God for the European Journal of Jewish Studies 11(2017), pp. 111-114

M. Rand, Introduction to the Grammar of Hebrew Poetry in Byzantine Palestine (New Jersey: Gorgias Press, 2006), for the Journal of Semitic Studies 54 (2009), pp. 595-597.