Jewish Bible Translations: Personalities, Passions, Politics, Progress

Jewish Bible Translations: Personalities, Passions, Politics, Progress

by Leonard Greenspoon
Jewish Bible Translations: Personalities, Passions, Politics, Progress

Jewish Bible Translations: Personalities, Passions, Politics, Progress

by Leonard Greenspoon

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Overview

Jewish Bible Translations is the first book to examine Jewish Bible translations from the third century BCE to our day. It is an overdue corrective of an important story that has been regularly omitted or downgraded in other histories of Bible translation.

Examining a wide range of translations over twenty-four centuries, Leonard Greenspoon delves into the historical, cultural, linguistic, and religious contexts of versions in eleven languages: Arabic, Aramaic, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Yiddish. He profiles many Jewish translators, among them Buber, Hirsch, Kaplan, Leeser, Luzzatto, Mendelssohn, Orlinsky, and Saadiah Gaon, framing their aspirations within the Jewish and larger milieus in which they worked.

Greenspoon differentiates their principles, styles, and techniques—for example, their choice to emphasize either literal reflections of the Hebrew or distinctive elements of the vernacular language—and their underlying rationales. As he highlights distinctive features of Jewish Bible translations, he offers new insights regarding their shared characteristics and their limits. Additionally, Greenspoon shows how profoundly Jewish translators and interpreters influenced the style and diction of the King James Bible.

Accessible and authoritative for all from beginners to scholars, Jewish Bible Translations enables readers to make their own informed evaluations of individual translations and to holistically assess Bible translation within Judaism.


 


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780827618558
Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society
Publication date: 11/01/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 344
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Leonard Greenspoon is Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization and a professor of theology and of classical and Near Eastern studies at Creighton University. He has authored or edited almost three dozen books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments    
Introduction    
1. The Septuagint    
2. The Targums    
3. Bible Translation into Arabic    
4. Bible Translation into Yiddish and German    
5. Translations into Other Selected Languages    
6. English-Language Versions    
7. Non-Jewish Translations with Jewish Features    
Conclusion    
Notes    
Bibliography    
Subject Index    
Index of Bible Passages    
 

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