Behold, There Were Twins in her Womb (Gen 25:23)— One Birth, Two Sons, Three Approaches

Robert Alter, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, Yair Zakovitch

24/02/2007 5:00 pm
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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.

Robert Alter

 

Robert Alter’s translation of the Hebrew bible, the magnificent capstone to a lifetime of distinguished scholarly work, has won the PEN Center Literary Award for translation and the Koret Jewish Book Award. His achievements in scholarship ranging from the eighteenth-century European novel to contemporary Hebrew and American literature earned Alter the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Alter is Emeritus Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg grew up in Glasgow, where her father was Head of the Rabbinical Court. She has a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. After teaching English literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she turned to teaching Torah. Dr Zornberg also holds a visiting lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies and travels widely, lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic arenas. Her previous books include The Murmuring Deep.                         

Yair Zakovitch

Yair Zakovitch is Father Takeji Otsuki Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem . Professor Zakovitch\'s primary interests are the Bible as literature, the history of beliefs and ideas in the Bible, biblical historiography, and early Jewish and Christian interpretation of the Bible. Professor Zakovitch has written numerous books - most recently:  One, written with Avigdor Shinan, That\'s Not What the Good Book Says (Hebrew), which was 31 weeks on the best-seller list here in Israel, and \"Who Proclaims Peace, Who Brings Good Tidings\", Seven Visions of Jerusalem\'s Peace (Hebrew)- and articles. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and has taught at the summer schools of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.