My research project’s aim is to present critically the history of transmission and reception of Sefer Shimmushei Torah, a Hebrew medieval magico-mystical commentary on the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. This entails the analysis from a codicological point of view of all Hebrew manuscripts known to contain the text. Looking at details such as material, ink, or script can help date and determine the conditions in which the copy of the text was produced, by whom, and sometimes, for which purpose. Due to this current opportunity, I am able to study medieval manuscripts of the Bodleian Library and produce their codicological description.
Could you please tell us a bit more about your scholarship/exchange programme?
The three-month residency programme was partly funded by my home university, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris Sciences et Lettres.
First impressions of Oxford/the University?
I am honoured and humbled to be counted among the residents at Maison Francaise. Everybody has proven to be welcoming and approachable, and I appreciated the community environment the moment I stepped into the main building (after the quarantine). Despite the current crisis and with all the precautions, the events at MFO have so far been engaging. The ‘house’ strikes the right balance between student and academic life, with a generous library located just below the residence. Furthermore, having access to all resources of the University of Oxford has already taken me a long way into my research.