Monday, October 17

8:15-8:45 Registration and Coffee (East Conference Room and Assembly Hall).

8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks (Assembly Hall).

9:00-10:30 Session 1: Sephardic Exegesis in Christian Kingdoms.
(Chair: Elliot Ginsberg, University of Michigan)
• Nina Caputo (University of Florida-Gainesville), "Sons of God and Mothers of Demons: Naḥmanides on the Nephalim."
• Jonathan Decter (Brandeis University), "The Sins of Sodom: Hebrew Literature and Biblical Exegesis in Medieval Iberia."
• Benjamin Braude (Boston College), "Why did the Sister Haggadah Castrate Noah?"

10:30-11:00 Coffee (East Conference Room).

11:00-12:30 Session 2: Medieval Islam and Non-Islamic Scriptures.
(Chair: Alexander D. Knysh, University of Michigan)
• Sarah Stroumsa (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), "The Father of Many Nations: Abraham in Al-Andalus."
• Sidney Griffith (Catholic University of America), "The Abrogation of Law in Medieval Jewish/Christian Polemic: Notes on Ibn Kammūna's Examination of the Three Religions."
• Walid Saleh (University of Toronto), "Al-Biqaʿi Seen Through Reuchlin: Reflections on the Islamic Relationship to the Bible."

12:30-14:00 Lunch (West Conference Room).

14:00-15:30 Session 3: Dominicans and Polemical Exegesis.
(Chair: Hussein Fancy, University of Michigan)
• Harvey Hames (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), "Reconstructing Thirteenth Century Jewish-Christian Polemic: From Paris 1240 to Barcelona 1263 and Back Again."
• Piero Capelli (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice), "Rashi in the Paris Talmud Controversy of 1240."
• Antoni Biosca i Bas (University of Alicante), "The Anti-Muslim Discourse of Alfonso Buenhombre."

15:30-16:00 Coffee (East Conference Room).

16:00-17:30 Session 4: Christian Reading Between Polemics and Irenics.
(Chair: Ryan Szpiech, University of Michigan)
• Yosi Israeli (Tel Aviv University), "A Christian Version of a Jewish Exegetical Dispute in the Additiones by Pablo de Santa María."
• Deeana Klepper (Boston University), "Christian Hebraism in a Changing Landscape: Ponce Carbonell (d. 1349) and Paul of Burgos (d. 1435) on Nicholas of Lyra's Postilla."
• Ari Geiger (Bar-Ilan University), "Between Religion and Exegetical Method: Christian Literal Exegetes in the Middle Ages and Mosaic Law."

17:30-18:30 Reception (East Conference Room).

18:30-20:30 Dinner (West Conference Room).

Tuesday, October 18

8:30-9:00 Coffee (East Conference Room).

9:00-10:30 Session 5: Interfaith Exegesis and Gender.
(Chair: Theresa Tinkle, University of Michigan)
• Steven Kruger (Graduate Center, CUNY), "Exegesis as Autobiography: Conversion, Gender, and Sexuality."
• Alexandra Cuffel (Ruhr University, Bochum), "Between Epic Entertainment and Polemical Exegesis: Jesus as Anti-hero in Toledot Yeshu."
• Esperanza Alfonso (CSIC, Madrid), "The Strange Woman in Proverbs."

10:30-10:45 Coffee (East Conference Room).

10:45-12:15 Session 6: Strategies of Reading on the Borders of Islam.
(Chair: Gottfried Hagen, University of Michigan)
• Noah Gardiner (University of Michigan), "Neither Sultan nor Shaytān Shall Oppress You: Talismanic Exegesis and Crypto-Ismāʿīlism in the Works of Aḥmad al-Būnī (d. 622/1225) and Ibn ʿArabī (d. 638/1240)."
• John Dagenais (ULCA), "The Paraclete: Biblical Exegesis and Conversion in the Tuhfa of Brother Anselm Abdullah."
• Thomas Burman (University of Tennessee), "Dominican Friars and Qurʾanic Tafsir, 1250-1320."

12:15-13:30 Lunch (West Conference Room).

13:30-14:30 Visit to the University of Michigan Special Collections Library.
7th floor, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.

14:30-15:30 Session 7: Exegesis and the Physical Manuscript.
(Chair: Javier del Barco, CSIC)
• Catherine Brown (University of Michigan), "People of the Book in the Codex Albeldensis."
• Ursula Ragacs (University of Vienna), "Lost and Found: Steinschneider's Manuscripts of Naḥmanides' Vikuaḥ."

15:30-15:45 Coffee (East Conference Room).

15:45-16:45 Session 8: Reading the Bible of Moshe Arragel.
(Chair: Larry Simon, Western Michigan University)
• Ángel Sáenz-Badillos (Real Colegio Complutense de Harvard), "Jewish and Christian Interpretations in Moses Arragel’s Bible Version and Glosses."
• Luis Girón-Negrón (Harvard University), "...pero quanto yo, non puedo tragar las dichas opiniones: Further Reflections on Exegesis and Translation in Arragel's Biblical Codex."

16:45-17:45 Roundtable: Medieval Exegesis: An Interfaith Discourse?
Nina Caputo, Deeana Klepper, Sidney Griffith, Thomas Burman, Steven Kruger.
(Moderator: Larry Simon, Western Michigan University)

17:45 Closing Remarks.

17:45-18:45 Reception (East Conference Room).

19:00-21:00 Dinner (Vinology, 110 S. Main St., Ann Arbor).