The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Ancient Near East Lecture Series


Mon, February 16, 2015 | Canceled

6:00 PM


"Textually Speaking: How and Why Jews Translate the Bible and How and Why It Matters"

Leonard Greenspoon, Professor & Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, Creighton University

Monday, February 16 at 6pm
location TBD at the University of Texas at Austin

Jews have been translating the Bible, primarily for other Jews, for more than 2,300 years. Some of these versions have themselves become the subject of intense study within Judaism, while others have sustained a decidedly less favorable reception from Jewish authorities. Although only a few of them have been accorded a status equal to the Hebrew original, almost all Jewish versions reflect the contexts in which their often accomplished translators worked. Many of them were also influential in the larger, Christian (or Muslim) world in which Jews typically lived. This is, then, a vast story, with a varied cast of characters, that spans the millennia—and yet it has not, until recently, received sufficient attention from scholars or the general public. This presentation is an effort to help remedy these circumstances.

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