Stefanie Rudolf (long hair, facing to the camera) in front of a dark blue background

Stefanie Rudolf

Postdoctoral Scholar (Feb 2022-Jun 2025)


Stefanie Rudolf studied Oriental Studies and German linguistics in Erlangen and Aleppo (Syria). She wrote her Masters thesis on the linguistic datability of Old Testament texts. After winning a scholarship at the Excellence Cluster TOPOI, Berlin, she was awarded her PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin for a dissertation on Syriac astrology.

Stefanie worked as a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Semitic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, from 2014 to 2020. In 2021, she joined the project “New Papyri from Elephantine” at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Currently, Stefanie is preparing a Mandaic sourcebook on magic and medicine (with Markham Geller and Bogdan Burtea).

At the MPIWG, she will be part of the Max Planck Research Group “Experience in the Premodern Sciences of Soul and Body ca. 800–1650,” working on the meanings of “experience” in premodern Syriac medical texts.


Experience, Philosophy, and Expertise: The Foundations of Syriac Medicine


The Scholarly Experience: Wisdom in the Syriac World (Fourth–Twelfth Century)


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Selected Publications

Rudolf, Stefanie (2024). “‘A Great Star Falls’ — Cometology in Syriac Language and Literature .” Journal of Semitic Studies 69 (1): 161–178.

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Rudolf, Stefanie (2023). “Physician, Spiritual Healer, or Medicine Man? Medical Science according to Bar Bahlūl.” In Soul and Body Diseases, Remedies and Healing in Middle Eastern Religious Cultures and Traditions, ed. C.-S. Popa, 154–169. Leiden:…

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Rudolf, Stefanie (2022). “Kusch / Kuschiter.” In Das wissenschaftliche Bibellexikon im Internet (WiBiLex). Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft.

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Rudolf, Stefanie (2022). “Two Ethiopias – mira quaedam confusio.” In Sine fine: Studies in Honour of Klaus Geus on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday, ed. S. L. Sørensen, 431–436. Stuttgart: Steiner.

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