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During the Middle Ages hundreds of Jews, Christians and Samaritans living under Muslim rule were intensively engaged in translating their sacred scriptures into Arabic, which had become their language as well. These translations, their stylistic and didactic features, vocabulary, scripts and ideologies, as well as the extent to which they were influenced by the Qur’an and used by Muslims in their discussions with members of the other Abrahamic religions are the focus of the international research project Biblia Arabica: the Bible in Arabic among Jews, Christians and Muslims which was endowed with a 1.6 million Euro grant from the German research organization DFG.

The five-year project was conceived and is being directed by two professors from TAU’s Entin Faculty of Humanities: Prof. Camilla Adang of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Prof. Meira Polliack of the Department of Biblical Studies, together with Prof. Andreas Kaplony and Professor Ronny Vollandt from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. The project charts the countless manuscripts and fragments that are nowadays found in monasteries throughout the Middle East and libraries across the globe, analyzes the different methods of translation from Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Greek and Coptic, and examines the mutual influences, both religious and cultural, between the different religious communities. In addition, it deals with the historical and social repercussions of the discourse and polemic that developed in the course of time and are still alive today.


  • SBL/EABS 2018

    The Research Group “The Bible in Arabic in Judaism, Christianity, Islam” will be hosting sessions on commentary literature and translation and interpretation at the European Association of Biblical Studies/Society of Biblical Literature International conference. The sessions will be host...

    July 30 - August 5 at University of Helinski
  • Biblia Arabica Series, volume 5

    Volume 5 of the Biblia Arabica series is now available online and in print from Brill: Hjälm, Miriam L. Senses of Scripture, Treasures of Tradition: The Bible in Arabic among Jews, Christians and Muslims. Biblia Arabica 5. Leiden: Brill, 2017. … Continued

    1. September 2017