Collaborative Research Center 980
Episteme in Motion
Free University of Berlin
Charles W. and Sally Rothfield Fellowship

Research Topic

Bodies of Knowledge: Rabbinic Approaches to Medicine and Science in Late Antiquity 


Lennart Lehmhaus is a postdoctoral research associate within the Collaborative Research Center SFB 980 “Episteme in Motion” on the transfer of knowledge at the Free University, Berlin. His academic interests include ancient Jewish cultures and literatures, knowledge and science in the ancient world, literary theory—both intertextuality and sociocultural readings of texts—and trajectories of Jewish traditions into contemporary Jewish and Israeli culture. On a recent project, he examined talmudic representations of medical discourses, their epistemologies, and encyclopedic dimensions with a comparative eye on Graeco-Roman and (ancient) Near Eastern cultures. 

Lehmhaus received his PhD from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. He has since published several articles and chapters on rabbinic Judaism, late midrashic traditions in a multicultural context, and on Jewish tradition and ancient knowledge cultures.

Selected publications

  • “Between Tradition and Innovation: Seder Eliyahu’s Literary Struggle in the Context of Late Midrash” in Approaches to Literary Readings of Ancient Jewish Writings (Leiden, 2013)



Posing new questions about the theories, institutions, and paradigms shaping the study of nature, and about the cultural and religious consequences that emerge from such study.