The Challenge of Translating the Bible

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  Wednesday, October 27, 2021
  4 - 5:30 p.m.
  Online via Zoom
  Dr. Robert Atler, UCB Middle Eastern Cultures and Languages; Center for Jewish Studies

The Hebrew Bible evinces a highly sophisticated and subtle articulation of literary form both in the narrative prose and in the poetry, and literary form plays a decisive role in shaping the meanings of the texts. A translator must find ways to approximate in English, the finely wrought style of the Hebrew, which is often difficult because ancient Hebrew and modern English are structurally very different, and many important Hebrew terms have now happy equivalent in English. The lecture will illustrate through specific texts some of the ways in which this challenge might be met.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
340 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA  94720-2314



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