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The John Rylands Research Institute

Research outputs

View the academic publications authored and co-authored by our researchers, PhD students and collaborators.

Articles and book chapters

The latest journal and book contributions from JRRI researchers.


  • Allen, G. 'Addressing the Reader: Lodovico Dolce's Somma della filosofia d'Aristotele and the Audience for Vernacular Philosophy in Sixteenth-Century Italy', NeMLA Italian Studies 38: The Renaissance Dialogue (2016), pp.221-239.
  • Cioata, M. “Moses Gaster, Friedrich Horn and the Background to the Settlement of Samarin,” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 92.1 (2016): 27-51
  • Marple, A. and V. R. M. Pickering, 'Patron's Review: Exploring Cultures of Collecting in the Early Modern World,' Archives of Natural History, Volume 43 Issue 1, Page 1-20. First online: April 2016  ISSN 0260-95412016
  • Mazza, R. “P.Ryl. Greek Add. 1166: Christian Prayer Amulet with a Receipt on the Back,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 197 (2016) pp. 73-84


  • Cioata, M. “Representations of Moses Gaster (1856–1939) in Anglophone and Romanian Scholarship”, in New Europe College Yearbook 2012-13 (2015): 89–128
  • Keim, K. “The Role of Small forms in Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer.” Pages 141-166 in “It’s better to hear the rebuke of the wise than the song of fools” (Qoh 7:5): Proceedings of the Midrash Section, Society of Biblical Literature, Volume 6. Edited by W. David Nelson and Rivka Ulmer. Judaism in Context 18. Gorgias Press: Piscataway, NJ (2015)
  • Mazza, R. “Papyri, Ethics and Economics: A Biography of P.Oxy. 15.1780,” Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, 52 (2015) pp. 113-142
  • O'Daly, I. “Diagrams of Knowledge and Rhetoric in Manuscripts of Cicero’s De inventione”, in Manuscripts of the Latin Classics 800-1200: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Book Culture, Leiden University Press, 77-105 (2015)
  • O'Daly, I. “Managing Knowledge: Diagrammatic Glosses to Medieval Copies of the Rhetorica ad Herennium”, International Journal of the Classical Tradition. First online: 9 September 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s12138-015-0379-x
  • Palabiyik, N. “An Early Case of the Printer’s Self-Censorship in Constantinople”, The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, 16.4, 381–404 (2015)
  • Palabiyik, N. “The Beginnings of Printing in the Ottoman Capital: Book Production and Circulation in Early Modern Constantinople”, Studies in Ottoman Science 16.2, 3–32 (2015)
  • Pormann, P. “Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine”, Riches of the Rylands: The Special Collections of the University of Manchester, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 189 (2015)
  • Pormann, P. “Inside Manchester’s ‘Arts Lab’”, Nature 525, 318–19 (2015)
  • Pormann, P. and Beckett, R., “The John Rylands Research Institute”, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 91, 107–111 (2015)


  • Cioata, M. “Romanian Jewish Autograph Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library Collected by Moses Gaster, and their Historical Contexts,” in Lumea evreiască în literatura română - The Jewish World in Romanian Literature, ed. Camelia Crăciun (Editura Universităţii "Al. I. Cuza", Iaşi, 2014):177­-203
  • Keim, K. “Cosmology as Science or Cosmology as Theology? Reflections on the Astronomical Chapters of Pirke deRabbi Eliezer”, pages 41-64 in Time, Astronomy and Calendars in the Jewish Tradition, ed.S Stern and C Burnett, Leiden; Boston: Brill (2014) 


  • Cioata, M. “A Survey of the Gaster Collection in the John Rylands Library,”Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 89:2 (2013): 107–30
  • Silvestri, S. “The Ketubbot as Socio-historical Sources: The Case of Venice”, Mediterráneos: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Cultures of the Mediterranean Sea, ed. SC Martín, A Echavarren, EF Medina, DR Rufilanchas, KŠ, JT Rubio and DT Sánchez, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2013), 355-370
  • Smithuis, R and Lev, E. "A Preliminary Catalogue of the Medical and Para-Medical Manuscripts in the Rylands Genizah Collection Together with the Partial Edition of Two Medical Fragments (A 589 and B 3239)." In From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments, ed. R Smithuis and PS Alexander, 157-196. Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2013). eScholarID:205929
  • Smithuis, R and Bohak, G. "Four Amulets and an Exorcism from the Rylands Genizah Collection." In From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments, ed. R Smithuis and PS Alexander, 213-232. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2013). eScholarID:205930
  • Smithuis, R and Alexander, PS. "Notes on the Artefactual Aspects of the Rylands Genizah." In From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments, ed. R Smithuis and PS Alexander, 33-59, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2013). eScholarID:205927
  • Smithuis, R. "Short Introduction to the Genizah Collection in the John Rylands Library." In From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments, ed. R Smithuis and PS Alexander, 1-32, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2013). eScholarID:205925
  • Smithuis, R and Alexander, PS. "Targum Manuscripts in the Rylands Genizah." In From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah, ed. R Smithuis and PS Alexander, 61-99, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2013). eScholarID:205928


  • Cioata, M. “The Fate of the Poetry and Prose in the Reception of Literature about Job,” Scripta & E-Scripta 10–11 (2012): 203–26
  • Impens, F. “A Very European Poet: European Intertextuality in Derek Mahon’s The Yellow Book” (1997), Boundary Crossings: New Scholarship in Irish Studies, eds. M Marková, R Markus, H Pavelková and K Jenčová. Prague: Charles University Press (2012)
  • Silvestri, S. “4. Biblia Hebrea” and “10. Biblia Hebrea” [catalogue sections], Biblias de Sefarad / Bibles of Sepharad, ed. E Alfonso, J del Barco, MTO Monasterio, A Prats; Exhibition director: Javier del Barco, Madrid: CCHS-CSIC and Biblioteca Nacional de España (2012), 193-197 and 220-223


  • O'Daly, I. “An Assessment of the Political Symbolism of the City of Rome in the Writings of John of Salisbury”, Rome Re-Imagined: 12th-Century Jews, Christians and Muslims Encounter the Eternal City, ed. L Hamilton, S Riccioni, in Medieval Encounters, 17/4-5, 512-33 (2011)


  • Cioata, M. "'I am not Afraid of Anybody, I am the Ruler of this Land': the Portrayal of Job as Man in Charge in the Testament of Job," in Representations of Masculinity in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond, ed.Ovidiu Creangă (Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2010): 127–45
  • Cioata, M. “A Tale about Job in Manuscript 747 of the National Library of Sofia,”Scripta & E-Scripta 8–9 (2010): 461­–73
  • Impens, F. ‘‘Ovid in County Clare: Seamus Heaney’s Verdict on Brian Merriman’s Cúirt an Mheán Oíche”, TCD Journal of Postgraduate Research, vol.9 (2010)

Forthcoming publications

  • Cioata, M. “Medieval Hebrew Tellings of Tobit: “Versions” of the Book of Tobit or New Texts?” in Is there a Text in this Cave? Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J. Brooke, edMaria Cioată, Ariel Feldman, Charlotte Hempel (Leiden: Brill, 2017)
  • Maria Cioată, Ariel Feldman, Charlotte Hempel eds., Is there a Text in this Cave? Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J. Brooke,  (Leiden: Brill, 2017)
  • Palabiyik, N. “Redundant Presses and Recycled Woodcuts: The Journey of Printing Materials from London to Constantinople in the 17th Century”, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, forthcoming in September 2016

Books and book reviews

The latest books, editorial contributions and book reviews by JRRI researchers.


  • Keim, K. Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer: Structure, Coherence, Intertextuality. AJEC 96. Leiden: Brill, 2017.
  • Pormann, P. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Hebrew Manuscripts of Corpus Christi College, Oxford (Cambridge: DS Brewer), x, 122 pp (2015)
  • Smithuis, R and Alexander, PS (eds). From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments. Journal of Semitic Studies Supplement 31. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2013). eScholarID:205924

Book reviews

  • Impens, F “Review of Irene Angelis’s The Japanese Effect in Contemporary Irish Poetry, Palgrave, (2012)”, Irish Review 49-50, (January 2015)
  • Impens, F. “Findings”, review of What We Found There: Poets Respond to the Treasures of the National Museum of Ireland, ed. Theo Dorgan (Dedalus Press, 2013), in Trumpet 3, Poetry Ireland Literary Pamphlet (December 2014)
  • Impens, F. “Friends and Elegies”, review of Michael Longley’s The Stairwell, London: Cape (2014), Dublin Review of Books 60 (October 2014)
  • Impens, F. “I Made a Posy, While the Day Ran By”, review of John Drury’s Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert, London: Allen Lane (2013), Dublin Review of Books 53, 7 (April 2014)
  • Impens, F. Review of Iain Twiddy’s Pastoral Elegy in Contemporary British and Irish Poetry(London: Continuum, 2012), Irish Studies Review22:2 (April 2014)
  • Impens, F. Review of Carmen Bugan’s Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile, London: Modern Humanities Research Association and Maney Publishing (2013), Irish Studies Review 22:1 (February 2014)
  • Impens, F. “Rebroadcast Voices”, review of Derek Mahon’s Echo’s Grove (2013), Dublin Review of Books 45 (18 November 2013). Reprinted with permission by The Poetry Daily (November 2013)
  • Marple, A. Review of  MARGÓCSY Daniel.  Commercial visions: science, trade, and visual culture in the Dutch Golden Age, Archives of Natural History, Volume 43 Issue 2, Page 371-372, ISSN 0260-9541 Available Online Oct 2016.
  • O'Daly, I. Review of The Classics in the Medieval and Renaissance Classroom: The Role of Ancient Text in the Arts Curriculum as Revealed by Surviving Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, ed. J Feros Ruys, JO Ward, M Heyworth, in Quaerendo, 45/2, 171-3 (2015).