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Thursday, July 20th 2023

09:00 – 09:10
Joseph Faragalla (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)


Christian-Arabic Bible Interpretation

Session 1: Text and Manuscripts

09:10 – 09:40
BL, Arundel Or. 15 – A very modern mediaeval Bible project
Miriam Hjälm (University College Stockholm)

09:40 – 10:10
The skin of text: Explanatory translation strategies in the ‘arcaic section’ of the Gospels (Cod. Vat. Ar. 13)
Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala (University of Cordoba)


10:10 – 10:40

Coffee Break


Session 2: Commentators

10:40 – 11:10
Sāwīrus b. al-Muqaffaʿ: Exegesis of the Bible in his canons and theological works
Rocio Daga Portillo (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

11:10 – 11:40
Seeking the Star: Unveiling the Magi Narrative in the Gospel of Matthew through Ibn Kalīl’s Commentary
Joseph Faragalla (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

11:40 – 12:10
Divine Adoption in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Scriptures: Al-Jāḥiẓ’s View
Nathan Gibson (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)


12:10 – 14:00

Lunch break


14:00 – 14:30
Ibn al-Ṭayyib Exegetical Works on Psalms: Sources, Classification, and Genres
Zakka Labib (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

14:00 – 15:00
Hidden Commentaries: The Introduction of al-Muʼtaman ibn al-ʻAssāl to the Arabic translations of the Pauline Epistles
Vevian Zaki (Hill Museum & Manuscript Library / Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)


15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break


Session 3: Biblical Books

15:30 – 16:00
Reciting and Writing: Ritualization and Biblical Interpretation in the Christian Arabic Guide to the Psalms
Stephen Davis (Yale University)

16:00 – 16:30
Translation Techniques of Christian Arabic Versions of Isaiah. An Analysis of the Servant Songs’ Pluses and Minuses
Peter Gadalla (Pontifical Biblical Institute)

16:30 – 17:00
The Bible in Early Christian Arabic Monastic Multiple-Text-Manuscripts: The Example of the Book of Job
Peter Tarras (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)


Friday, July 21st 2023

Judeo-Arabic Bible Interpretation

Session 1: Commentators

09:00 – 09:30
Yaʿqūb al-Qirqisānī’s Commentary on the Book of Genesis (Kitāb al-Riyāḍ wa-l-Ḥadāʾiq)
Miriam Goldstein (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

09:30 – 10:00
Narrative expansion in Qaraite exegesis – some examples from Sahl ben Maṣliaḥ’s (10th c. CE) commentary on Genesis
Friederike S. Schmidt (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

10:00 – 10:30
The intellectual historical setting of Yeshuʿah ben Yehudah’s (11th c.) scriptural hermeneutics
Gregor Schwarb (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)


10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break


Session 2: Commentary and Language

11:00 – 11:30
Judaeo-Arabic Exegesis of Psalm 68
Joseph Habib (University of Cambridge)

11:30 – 12:00
Study of Language in the Service of Theology: Linguistic Justifications of Theological Conundrums in Medieval Karaite Bible Commentaries
Marzena Zawanowska (University of Warsaw)


12:00 – 14:30

Lunch break


Samaritan-Arabic Bible Interpretation

Session 3

14:30 – 15:00
Leader, Head and Pious Man: The Verses on Joseph (Gen 49:22–26 and Deut 33:13–17) as a Reference Point for the Formation of Samaritan Religious Identity
Jasper Bernhofer (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg)

15:00 – 15:30
Centralism of Mount Gerizim in the Samaritan Arabic commentary to the Book of Exodus (Šarḥ Sifr al-Ḫurūǧ) of the Samaritan Thinker Ġazāl ad-Duwayk (13th c.)
Haitham Ismaeil (Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg)


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