Ilona Steimann


Ilona Steimann’s doctoral dissertation ‘Habent sua fata libelli’: Hebrew Books from the Collection of Hartmann Schedel, approved in 2015 by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, followed the fate of the Hebrew manuscripts from Schedel’s library from the moment of their production in the medieval Ashkenazi communities to their absorption in Schedel’s collection and their transformation in his hands from Jewish to Christian objects.

In 2001-2012, she was employed as a researcher in the Section for Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts in the Center for Jewish Art (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), and involved in the projects, Books within Books: Hebrew Fragments in European Libraries (2015) and Synagogue Paintings in Romanian Moldavia in the 19th and 20th Centuries (2008-2009, Bar Ilan University).

Currently she is carrying out her post-doctoral research project ‘Jewish’ Book – ‘Christian’ Book: Hebrew Manuscript Production in Transition between Jews and Christians at the Cusp of Early Modernity in the LudwigMaximilians-Universität in Munich.



Forthcoming: ‘Do not Burn after Reading: The Preservation of Hebrew Books by Christians in the Pre-Reformation German Realm.’ Research on Hebrew Manuscripts – Status quaestionis, ed. Irina Wandrey (Studies in Manuscript Cultures).Berlin: De Gruyter [2017].

Forthcoming: ‘Hebraism without Hebrew: Hartmann Schedel and the Conversion of  his ‘Jewish’ Books.’ Hebrew between Jews and Christians, ed. Daniel Stein Kokin. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016.

‘Making Illuminated Haggadot in Venetian Candia.’ Mediterranean Historical Review, 27/2 (2013): 161-173.

‘Elijah and David Nezer Zahav the Physician: Scribes and Illuminators in Apulia’ (in cooperation with Michal Sternthal). Gli ebrei nel Salento. Secoli IX-XVI, ed. Fabrizio Lelli: 273-284. Congedo, 2013.


Ilona Steimann