University of Tübingen
Albert J. Wood Fellow 

Research Topic

Mental Health, Illness, and Disability in Late Antique Judaism


Lennart Lehmhaus is an assistant professor at the Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Tübingen, Germany. His research and teaching interests include ancient Jewish cultures and literatures, mainly rabbinic and talmudic texts; premodern medicine, knowledge, and sciences; and trajectories of Jewish traditions, motifs, and customs into contemporary Jewish and Israeli culture. He is founding editor of the series ASK—Ancient Cultures of Sciences and Knowledge (Mohr Siebeck) and coordinator of the collaborative research network “Between Encyclopaedia and Epitome—Talmudic Strategies of Knowledge-Making in the Context of Ancient Medicine and Sciences” (Tübingen University, University College London, Free University, Berlin). 

Lehmhaus holds a Ph.D. from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. 

Selected publications

  • “A Rabbinic Epistemic Genre: Creating Knowledge through Lists and Catalogues,” in Synopses and Lists: Textual Practices in the Pre-Modern World, ed. T. Bernheimer and R. Vollandt (Cambridge University Press, 2023): 23–61. 
  • Editor, Female Bodies and Female Practitioners in the Medical Traditions of the Late Antique Mediterranean World (Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming).
  • Editor, Defining Jewish Medicine. Transfers of Medical Knowledge in Premodern Jewish Cultures and Traditions (Harrassowitz, 2021).



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.


Exploring health through the intersection between bodies and systems, language and physicality, religion and science, and beyond.