Judeo-Arabic Bible Exegesis and Translations in the Firkovitch Manuscript Collections

Principal Investigator:

Miriam Goldstein (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Ronny Vollandt (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit├Ąt, Munich)

Funded by:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (ARCHES Award)



This project, which is jointly run by Miriam Goldstein (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Ronny Vollandt (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit├Ąt, Munich), will recover a significant portion of the rich Arabic and Judeo-Arabic manuscript heritage known as the Firkovitch Collection, held in the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg and available in microfilm and digital form at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem.

Basing on the work that has already been done on the manuscripts in this collection, our main objectives in this project are to further the identification and cataloguing of manuscripts related to Bible exegesis and translation in the series RNL Yevr.-Arab. I in the Firkovitch Collection. Further, we aim to make this metadata accessible for further research, so as to enable the integration of the findings into related fields, including Judaic studies, Islamic and Arabic studies, and the study of Eastern Christianity.

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