Based on the Jerusalem research group directed by Revel Dean Cohen in 2010/11, the new volume Interpreting Scriptures in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Overlapping Inquiries, published by Cambridge University press, will appear in January 2016. This volume contains the following chapters, each published by a member of the Jerusalem research group:

Introduction Intersecting encounters with scriptures in three faiths

Mordechai Cohen

Part I Scriptural texts in changing contexts

1     The emergence of biblical interpretation in antiquity

James Kugel

2     Disclosing the mystery: hermeneutics of typology in Syriac exegesis

Sidney Griffith

3     “We have made it an Arabic Qur’an”: the permissibility of translating scripture in Islam in contrast with Judaism and Christianity

Meir Bar-Asher

4     The unmoved mover begins to move: literary and artistic renderings of the Christian Bible

Piero Boitani

5     Deconstructing the dual Torah: a Jewish response to the Muslim model of scripture

Meira Polliack

Part II Conceptions of the literal sense

6     The literal sense of Christian scripture: redefinition and revolution

Jon Whitman

7      Figuring the letter: making sense of “sensus litteralis” in late-medieval Christian Exegesis

Alastair Minnis

8      Conceptions of the literal sense (ḥaqīqa, ẓāhir) in Muslim interpretive thought

Robert Gleave

9      Emergence of the rule of peshat in Jewish Bible exegesis

Mordechai Cohen

Part III Rhetoric and the poetics of reading

10   Reading Virgil, reading David: poetry and commentary in the medieval school of Rheims

A. B. Kraebel

11   On the figurative (majāz) in Muslim interpretation and legal hermeneutics

Wolfhart Heinrichs

12   Words of eloquence: rhetoric and poetics in Jewish peshat exegesis in its Muslim and Christian contexts

Mordechai Cohen

13   Classical rhetoric and scriptural interpretation in the Latin West

Rita Copeland

14   Robert Lowth’s biblical poetics and romantic theory

Stephen Prickett

15   From scripture to literature: modern ways of reading the Bible

Adele Berlin

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