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The Art of Bible Translation

The Art of Bible Translation (EPUB ebook)

By Alter, Robert

From the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, a "hugely entertaining and irreverent" (Adam Gopnik, New Yorker) account of the art of translating the Hebrew Bible into EnglishIn this brief book, award-winning biblical translator and acclaimed liter...ary critic Robert 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's literary training gave him the advantage of seeing that a translation of the Bible can convey the text's meaning only by trying to capture the powerful and subtle literary style of the biblical Hebrew, something the modern English versions don't do justice to. The Bible's style, Alter writes, "is not some sort of aesthetic embellishment of the 'message' of Scripture but the vital medium through which the biblical vision of God, human nature, history, politics, society, and moral value is conveyed." And, as the translators of the King James Version knew, the authority of the Bible is inseparable from its literary authority.For these reasons, the Bible can be brought to life in English only by re-creating its literary virtuosity, and Alter discusses the principal aspects of style in the Hebrew Bible that any translator should try to reproduce: word choice, syntax, word play and sound play, rhythm, and dialogue. In the process, he provides an illuminating and accessible introduction to biblical style that also offers insights about the art of translation far beyond the Bible.
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ISBN 9780691189253
Published 19 Mar 2019
Publisher Princeton University Pre
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en

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ISBN-13 9780691189253
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 19 Mar 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Alter, Robert
Category Translation & Interpretation
Literature: History & Criticism
Religion & Beliefs
The Bible
Biblical Studies, Criticism & Exegesis
Non-Christian Sacred Texts
Criticism & Exegesis Of Non-Christian Sacred Texts
Social Sciences
Jewish studies
Number of Pages 152
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 220.5
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Christianity: Bibles & Liturgy
ONIX Text General/trade