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Robert Alter

The Literary Medium of the Bible

Presented by: Robert Alter, Ph.D., Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley

Thursday, October 12, 9am-Noon
Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building
Contact Hours: 2.5
Streaming video will be available


Recent decades have produced a bewildering number of translations of the Bible. Some are stiff and stilted. Some are loose and trendy. Few are both highly accurate and consistently startling. Over a distinguished career at UC Berkeley, through books such as The Art of Biblical Narrative and The Art of Biblical Poetry, and through his own translations of texts from Hebrew scripture, Robert Alter has reacquainted us with, in his words, the “wonderfully subtle prose” and “powerful, resonant poetry” of the Bible. In these lectures, he will share his thoughts on the literary character of biblical texts and the joys and challenges of bringing them to a modern audience. 


ROBERT ALTER, PhD, teaches at UC Berkeley, where he is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew & Comparative Literature. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress. He is past president of the Assoc. of Literary Scholars & Critics. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow twice, a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and an Old Dominion Fellow at Princeton.


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