Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten





  • Arabic Versions of the Pentateuch. A comparative study of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Sources (Leiden: Brill, 2015)
  • Biblica Arabica. A classified bibliographical History (forthcoming with Brill)
  • concept and ed.), Völker des Buches: Orientalische Bibelhandschriften der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (forthcoming with Harrassowitz)

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals, Books Chapters and Conference Proceedings

  • (2015) علم التأريخ اليهوديّ في ما بعد الزمن الكتابيّ. "كتاب يوسف ابن كُريون" بصيغته العربية وصداه في الأوساط اليهوديّة والمسيحيّة, al-Machriq 89, pp. 249—267.
  • (2014) "From the Desks of a Coptic-Muslim Workshop: Paris, BNF, MS Ar. 1 and the Large-scale Production of Luxurious Arabic Bibles in Early Ottoman Cairo," in Patronage, Production, and Transmission of Texts in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Cultures, eds. E. Alfonso and J. Decter, Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 231-265.
  • (2014) "Ancient Jewish historiography in Arabic garb: Sefer Josippon between South Italy and Coptic Cairo," in Zutot 11, pp. 70-80.
  • (2014) "Whether to capture form or meaning: A typology of early Judaeo-Arabic Pentateuch translations," in Nadia Vidro, Irene Zweip and Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (eds.), A Universal Art. Hebrew Grammer across Disciplines and Faiths (Leiden: Brill), pp. 58-83.
  • (2013) co-authored with M. Lindgren, "An Early Copy of the Pentateuch and the Book of Daniel in Arabic (MS Sinai—Arabic 2): Preliminary Observations on Codicology, Text Types, and Translation Technique," Intellectual History of the Islamicate World 1, pp. 43-68.
  • (2013) "Some Historiographical Remarks on Medieval and Early-Modern Scholarship of Biblical Versions in Arabic: A Status Quo," Intellectual History of the Islamicate World 1 (2013), pp. 25-42.
  • (2013) "Che portono al ritorno quì una Bibbia Arabica integra: A history of the Biblia Sacra Arabica (1671–73).," in J.P. Monferrer-Sala and S. Kh. Samir (eds.), Græco-latina et orientalia. Studia in honorem Angeli Urbani Heptagenarii (Beirut: CEDRAC), pp. 401-418.
  • (2012) "The Arabic Pentateuch of the Paris Polyglot: Saadiah Gaon’s advent to the republic of letters," in Linguistic and Cultural Aspects of Arabic Bible Translations, ed. S. Binay and St. Leder (Beiruter Texte und Studien No. 131, Beirut:Orient Institut Beirut), pp. 19-35.
  • (2012) "1.1.5. Biblia judia en arabe. Localizacion: Madrid, BNE, MS 5475", in Biblias deSefarad: Vidas cruzadas del texto y sus lectores, ed. Javier del Barco, Madrid: Biblioteca Nacional de Espana
  • (2009) "Some observations on Genizah fragments of Saadiah’s tafsīr in Arabic letters," Ginzey Qedem: Genizah Research Annual 6: 9*-44*.
  • (submitted, forthcoming 2014) "More on Christian books in Jewish libraries: Biblical translations into Christian-Arabic preserved in the Cairo Genizah collections" in The Semitic Languages of Jewish Intellectual Production, ed. Maria Angeles Gallego and Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala. Leiden, New York: Brill.
  • (submitted, forthcoming 2014) "An unknown medieval Coptic Hebraism? On a momentous junction of Jewish and Coptic biblical studies," in A. Grafton and G. Most (eds.), Canonical Texts and Scholarly Practices: A Global Comparative Approach, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (in print, 2015) "הבראיסטים קופטים בימי-הביניים? על מסירת ה"תפסיר" של רס"ג," in Tarbiz.
  • (accepted, forthcoming 2015) "Une Historiographie juive post biblique: Le Sefer Josippon en langue arabe, sa réception parmi les chrétiens et les musulmans," in Revue des Études Juives.
  • (accepted, forthcoming 2015) "Translations as linguistic commentaries? On the exegetical dimension of early Bible translations into Judaeo-Arabic," in I. Dayeh (ed.), Commentary Cultures: Technologies of Medieval Reading, Philological Encounters 2
  • (forthcoming 2015) "Jewish literature in the Arabic language" in V. Lepper and S. Koller, Rethinking the Diaspora: Jewish Minorities in the Past, Present and Future.

Encyclopeda and Handbook Articles

  • (2013) "Hebraisms in Arabic versions of the Hebrew Bible" in Encyclopaedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics ed. by Geoffrey Khan (Leiden, New York: Brill) 2: 182-186.
  • "Glosses of Hebrew: Medieval Arabic" in Encyclopaedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics ed. by Geoffrey Khan (Leiden, New York: Brill) 2: 62–65
  • (submitted, forthcoming 2014) "Arabic versions, secondary, overview," "Arabic versions, primary, Pentateuch," "Arabic versions, secondary, Pentateuch," "Arabic versions, secondary, Former Prophets," "Arabic versions, secondary, Ezra and Nehemiah," and co-authored with M. Lindgren, "Arabic versions, secondary, five scrolls," in The textual History of the Bible, vol 1, Emmanuel Tov (ed.), Leiden: Brill.
  • (submitted, forthcoming 2015) "Arabic, Esra 3," "Arabic, Judith," "Arabic, Maccabees," and "Arabic, Overview," in The textual History of the Bible, vol 2, Matthias Henze (ed.), Leiden: Brill.

Public Scholarship/Outreach


  • (2011) on Jose Martinez Delgado. Ben Sair, Selomo ben Mobarak. Libro de la facilitacion Kitab At-Taysir: diccionario judeo- arabe de hebreo biblico / Selomo Ben Mobarak Ben Sair; introduccion, edicion y traduccion. Granada: Universidad de Granada 2010 in Sefarad
  • (2011) on Hary, Benjamin. Translating Religion. Linguistic Analysis of Judeo-Arabic Sacred Texts from Egypt. Leiden: Brill, 2009, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 131.2:332-334
  • (2010) on Wechsler, Michael, The Arabic Translation and Commentary of Yefet ben 'Elī the Karaite on the Book of Esther. Leiden; New York/Brill, 2008 in JJS 61,2
  • (2009) on Alobaidi, Joseph. The Book of Daniel. The Commentary of R Saadia. Edition and Translation. Bern, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2005 in JJS 60,2
  • (2012) on ed. S. Bhayro and B. Outhwaite, From a Sacred Source. Genizah Studies in Honour of Professor Stefan C. Reif. Etudes sur le judaisme medieval, 42. Cambridge Genizah Studies Series, v. 1. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010, in Revue des Etudes Juives
  • (2012) on Yeshaya, Joachim, Medieval Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Egypt: The Secular Poetry of the Karaite Poet Moses ben Abraham Darʿī, Études sur le judaïsme médiévale vol. 44 - Karaite texts and studies vol. 3, Leiden-Boston: Brill 2011, in Revue des Etudes Juives.
  • (2013), on Ofra Tirosh Becker, Rabbinic Excerpts in Medieval Karaite Literature, 2 vols, Jerusalem: The Bialik Institute/The Ben Yehuda Center for the Study of Hebrew/The Hebrew University, 2011, in Sefarad.
  • (2013), on Richard Steiner, A Biblical Translation in the Making: The Evolution and Impact of Saadia Gaon’s Tafsīr, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010, in JJS.
  • (2014) on Sidney H. Griffith, The Bible in Arabic: The Scriptures of the “'People of the Book”' in the Language of Islam, Princeton, NJ & Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2013, in Journal of Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations.