Miriam Hjälm

Miriam Lindgren Hjälm

Miriam Lindgren Hjälm

Senior Lecturer


Subsequent to a MA in Oriental Studies in Uppsala and a one-year program at the Hebrew University, I begun writing a PhD-thesis in Philology. In a sense, the thesis combined my two main interests: the Middle East in all its social, religious, and political complexity, and the Bible, or rather how to read and thereby understand its meaning. The thesis, Christian Arabic Versions of Daniel (Brill: 2016), which I defended in 2015 in Uppsala, centered on translation techniques and manuscript descriptions. The same year I moved to Munich and joined a German-Israeli project where I continued the work of localizing, systematizing, and trying to understand the large number of Bible translations produced by Christians in the Middle East soon after the rise of Islam, i.e. in a time when the Qurʾān was increasingly conceptualized as a rival to the biblical narratives transmitted by Jews and Christians (https://biblia-arabica.com/).

In my current research project sponsored by Vetenskapsrådet, I study the conceptualization and use of the Bible in early Arabic texts, including how the biblical canon continued to develop after the Patristic era both in practice and in lists. In addition, I take interest in Jewish-Christian relations in the Islamic Empire and pay attention to their polemical strategies as well as exegetic and conceptual interactions.

I have taught Biblical Hebrew for many years but at the Stockholm School of Theology I mainly focus on the use and understanding of the Bible in Eastern Christianity.