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Translating the Bible: A Conversation with Robert Alter - SIMULCAST
Center for Jewish History
New York, NY
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PLEASE NOTE: This is a simulcast. You will view the program in a separate room on a large screen.

Award-winning biblical translator and acclaimed literary
critic Robert Alter is the author of more than two dozen books including, most recently, The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary. A masterpiece of deep learning and fine sensibility, Robert Alters translation of the Hebrew Bible, now complete, reanimates one of the formative works of our culture. Capturing its brilliantly compact poetry and finely wrought, purposeful prose, Alter renews the Old Testament as a source of literary power and spiritual inspiration.

In his brief new book The Art of Bible Translation, Alter offers a personal and passionate account of what he learned about the art of Bible translation over the two decades he spent completing his own English version of the Hebrew Bible. Alter provides an illuminating and accessible introduction to biblical style that also offers insights about the art of translation far beyond the Bible. Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker called the book hugely entertaining and irreverent.

Alter will appear in conversation with Dr. Adrian Leveen, senior lecturer in Hebrew Bible at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. Dr. Leveen received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the University of California at Berkeley under the supervision of Robert Alter. Dr. Leveen is a trained psychotherapist and practiced for 17 years in both Israel and the United States before getting her doctorate in biblical studies.

A reception, book sale, and signing will follow the program.
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Center for Jewish History (View)
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY 10011-6301
United States



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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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