Monika Amsler

Monika Amsler, Dr. des.

Postdoktorandin on Mobility Leave


Academischer CV

  • 2013 -         : PhD candidate, University of Zurich (URPP Asia and Europe), Switzerland
  • 2011 - 2013: MA in Ancient Judaism, Universities of Berne and Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2008 - 2011: Bachelor in Theology, University of Berne, Switzerland


  • Working title:
    Medicine in the Talmud and Other Redactional Questions: the Case of bGit 67b-70a.
  • Betreuer:
    Prof. Christoph Uehlinger, University of Zurich, Switzerland
    Prof. Michael L. Satlow, Brown University, Providence RI
  • Abstract:
    The Babylonian Talmud (BT) incorporates some lengthy passages on medical treatments that are mostly unparalleled by the Palestinian rabbinic writings. These texts (e.g. Shab 66b; Shab 109b-110b; Pes 111a-113b; Git 67b-70b and AZ 28a-29b) cannot be classified as either legal or narrative. Therefore, they provide ample material to serve as a test-case for the current scholarly consensus on redaction criticism in the BT. This redaction-critical approach has its foundation in the analysis of legal (halakhic) texts in the BT. The application of this method to narrative (aggadic) texts by Rubenstein (1999; 2005; 2010), however, has shown that further refinements are needed in order to distinguish between the supposed contributing parties (Amoraim and Stammaim). But since Rubenstein approached only texts with parallels in Palestinian works, this project will have to explore a variety of new ways and develop new critical tools to be able to distinguish between the two sources.
    Apart from such redaction-critical contributions, the project aims at a historical contextualization of the selected texts within their intellectual environment. This will contribute to the question of how the BT was produced, what sources were included and, possibly, why and how they were reshaped for the purposes of the complier.


  • Awarded by the Fondation pour l'enseignement du judaisme à l'Université de Lausanne 2015 for MA Thesis: Die magischen Texte im babylonischen Traktat Sabbat: der Versuch einer Kontextualisierung (The Magical Passages of the Babylonian Tractate Shabbat: an Attempt for Contextualization)


  • Der Himmel als rabbinische Institution: Aspekte einer Jenseitsvorstellung im babylonischen Talmud, in: P. Bukovec / B. Kolkmann-Klamt (eds.), Jenseitsvorstellungen im Vorderen Orient, Tübingen 2013 (RVO Bd. 1), 379-394 (peer reviewed).
  • How Could Religion Become A Category? Accounting for Classical and Fuzzy Logic in the Conceptualization of Religion, in: Asdiwal 12/2017, 37-51.
  • Review of Bedenbender, A. (ed.), Judäo-Christentum. Die gemeinsame Wurzel von rabbinischem Judentum und früher Kirche, in: Judaica 71/2 (2015).
  • Review of Dubuisson, D., Religion and Magic in Western Culture, in: Asdiwal 11 (2017).


  • Proof Stories and What they Actually Prove (Panel Medicine in the Bible and Talmud) EABS/ISBL Annual Conference Berlin D, 7-11 August 2017
  • Nothing New Under the Sun: Transmedia Storytelling in Late Antiquity, EABS/ISBL Annual Conference Berlin D, 7-11 August 2017
  • Is it Magic at All? How to Come to Terms with the Rabbinic Attitude towards Magic, AJS Annual Conference San Diego CA, 18-20 December 2016
  • The Whole of the Sugya is More than the Sum of its Parts: Git 67b-70b and its Diverse Medical Backgrounds, EABS Annual Conference Leuven BE, 17-20 July 2016
  • The Power of Love: Fan Materiality and Early Christian Women, EABS Annual Conference Leuven BE, 17-20 July 2016
  • Medical Treatments in the Bavli: Are they for Real? AJS Annual Conference in Boston MA, December 2015
  • The Making of Ḥanina ben Dosa: Fan Fiction in the Babylonian Talmud, EABS Conference in Cordobà ESP, July 2015
  • „My Mother Told Me ...“. An Evaluation of the Treatments of the Sickly Newborn in bShab 134a, Workshop Female Bodies and Female Practitioners in the Medical Traditions of the Late Antique Mediterranean World, FU Berlin, October 2014 (Paper could not be delivered due to acute pregnancy complications....)
  • "What can I Do to you?" Rabbis and Non-Rabbis Competing with Medical Knowledge, EAJS Conference in Paris, July 2014