Dr. Avigail Manekin-Bamberger

Buber Fellow: 
Academic interests: 

Jewish magic, rabbinic literature, Aramaic incantation bowls, the Talmud in its historical context; Jews and Christians in late antiquity, material culture.

Current Projects: 

Scholastics, Scribes, and Sorcerers: A History of Non-Rabbinic Judaism in Late Antique Mesopotamia” I am currently working on a comprehensive historical study of a large corpus of Jewish magical texts written on bowls dated to the 6th century CE. In this study I focus on three areas: 1) the daily life of Jewish individuals; 2) the scope of rabbinic authority over popular Jewish groups, and 3) the boundaries between Jewish and Christian communities.

Curriculum Vitae: 
  • 2018 - Ph.D. (anticipated) in the Program of Talmud and Ancient Jewish Literature, Department of Hebrew Culture Studies, Tel Aviv University. Dissertation Topic: Intersections between Law and Magic in Ancient Jewish Texts. Supervisors: Gideon Bohak and Ishay Rosen-Zvi.
  • 2012 - MA in Talmud, Hebrew University, Thesis Topic: The Contribution of the Aramaic Incantation Bowls to the Study of Rabbinic Literature. Supervisor: Menahem Kahana
  • 2007 - BA in Talmud and Jewish Studies specializing in: Rabbinic Thought and Literature, Jewish History of the Second Temple. Magna Cum Laude, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 


  • “Jewish Legal Formulae in the Aramaic Incantation Bowls,” Aramaic Studies, 13. 1 (2015), 69-81.
  • "An Akkadian Demon in the Babylonian Talmud: Between Sulak and Bar Siriqa," Journal for the Study of Judaism, 44.2 (2013), 282-287.
Books (In Collaboration)
  • Meerson, Michael, Peter Schafer, Yaacov Deutsch, David Grossberg, Avigail Manekin, and Adina Yoffie. Toledot Yeshu = The Life Story of Jesus: Two Volumes and Database. Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014.