Robert Alter

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Robert Alter took us through his multifaceted work. 

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Sunday, 25 February 2007

“In order to translate the Bible, you have to do philological spade work. That is sort of like detective work.”

“After I was well into my work, I realized that I was simultaneously carrying out two great love affairs: my love affair with the Hebrew language and my love affair with the English language.”

-Robert Alter

Robert Alter took us through his multifaceted work. 

Saturday, 24 February 2007

Jewish Book Week proudly opened the 2007 festival by bringing together admired authorities on the Bible.

The majestic translations of the distinguished Hebrew scholar Robert Alter are enhanced by his literary commentaries which illuminate the Bible in its many dimensions. Avivah Zornberg combines literary insights with theological wisdom derived from a lifelong immersion in rabbinic tradition. Under Yair Zakovitch’s expert guidance, they explored Genesis 19:24, the birth of Jacob and Esau. All three gave and discussed their very contrasting possible interpretations.

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