Dr. O-P. Saar

Ortal-Paz Saar
Telephone 030 253 3845 Afbeeldingsresultaat voor dr. ortal-paz saar
Email o.p.saar@uu.nl
Work address Drift 6
Postcode 3512 BS Utrecht
Room 2.17B
Consultation hours
Areas of interest Religion, magic, Jewish cultural history

The Renaissance of Hebrew among the Jews of the Western Diaspora

Ortal-Paz Saar researches religious studies and Jewish cultural history. She is particularly interested in portraying the interaction between different religious traditions. Previously focusing on ancient and medieval magic and rituals, she is currently undertaking a new project at Utrecht University, on The Renaissance of Hebrew among the Jews of the Western Diaspora. This research is part of a larger project conducted by Prof. Leonard Rutgers, titled Reconfiguring Diaspora: The Transformation of the Jewish Diaspora in Antiquity.

Following the completion of her doctorate, Ortal-Paz pursued a research project at Cambridge University, examining manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah; she has worked on a British-Israeli academic exchange project (BIRAX), composing a prosopographic database of Babylonian incantation bowls; and was part of an international team that catalogued the Berlin Vorderasiatisches Museum collection of incantation bowls. In 2012-2013 she was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where she explored the relationships between different religious groups in late-antique Mesopotamia. Her first book, titled Jewish Love Magic: From Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, is forthcoming from Brill. She is concomitantly working with Siam Bhayro of the University of Exeter on editing a Handbook of Jewish Magic.
Saar, O.P., Bhayro, Siam, Levene, Dan & Ford, James Nathan (2017). A Catalogue of the Babylonian Incantation Bowls in the Vorderasiatisches Museum Collection, Berlin (accepted for publication). Vienna: Archiv für Orientforschung.
Saar, O.P. & Bhayro, Siam (2017). A Handbook of Jewish Magic (forthcoming 2017). Brill.
Saar, O.P. (2017). Genizah Magical Documents (in press). Jewish History, Special Volume: Documentary Genizah Research in the 21st Century.
Saar, O.P. (2017). Jewish Love Magic: From Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages (forthcoming 2017). (300 p.). Brill.
Saar, O.P. (2017). Mesopotamian Double-Jar Burials and Incantation Bowls (accepted for publication). Journal of the American Oriental Society
Saar, Ortal-Paz (2015). A Study in Conceptual Parallels: Graeco-Roman Binding Spells and Babylonian Incantation Bowls. Aramaic Studies, 13 (1), (pp. 24-53) (30 p.).
Saar, O.P. & Bohak, Gideon (2015). Genizah Magical Texts Prepared for or against Named Individuals. Revue des Etudes Juives, 174 (1), (pp. 77-110) (34 p.).
Saar, O.P. (2015). Review of Shaul Shaked et al., Aramaic Bowl Spells vol. 1. Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, 110 (4-5), (pp. 324-326) (3 p.).
Saar, O.P. (2014). A Genizah Magical Fragment and Its European Parallels. Journal of Jewish Studies, 65 (2), (pp. 1-26) (26 p.).
Saar, O.P. (2014). Review of Michael D. Swartz, The Signifying Creator: Nontextual Sources of Meaning in Ancient Judaism. Journal for the Study of Judaism, 45 (1), (pp. 140-141) (2 p.).
Saar, O.P. (2013). An Incantation Bowl for Sowing Discord. Journal of Semitic Studies, 58 (2), (pp. 241-256) (16 p.).
Saar, O.P. (2010). Jewish Magic in Eretz-Israel during Late Antiquity and the Byzantine Period. In Filip Vukosavovic (Eds.), Angels and Demons: Jewish Magic through the Ages (pp. 16-21) (6 p.). Jerusalem: Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem.
Saar, O.P. (2010). Magic in the Cairo Genizah. In Filip Vukosavovic (Eds.), Angels and Demons: Jewish Magic through the Ages (pp. 146) (1 p.). Jerusalem: Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem.
Saar, O.P. (2010). Some Observations on Jewish Love Magic: The Importance of Cultural Specificity. Societas Magica Newsletter, 24 (2), (pp. 1-4) (4 p.).
Saar, O.P. & Fischer, Moshe (2007). A Magical Mirror Plaque from Yavneh Yam. Israel Exploration Journal, 57 (1), (pp. 83-86) (4 p.).
Saar, O.P. (2007). Success, Protection and Grace: Three Fragments of a Personalized Magical Handbook. Ginzei Qedem, 3, (pp. 101*-135*) (34 p.).

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