For author Robert Alter, moving from the Northeast to California meant moving from academic institutions with firmly established hierarchies to a place characterized by openness and flexibility. Comparative Literature at Berkeley made it possible for the author to explore a wide range of literary interests, and this eventually led him to teach and write on the Bible and then to begin to translate it. His impulse to break decisively with prevailing modern models of Bible translation was encouraged by California's atmosphere of innovation.
How Berkeley Made the Old Testament New: Liberating a new translator of the Hebrew Bible
Robert Alter is professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of several books and volumes of biblical translation, including Strong As Death Is Love: Song Of Songs Ruth Esther Jonah And Daniel, A Translation with Commentary.
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Robert Alter; How Berkeley Made the Old Testament New: Liberating a new translator of the Hebrew Bible. Boom 1 December 2015; 5 (4): 85–89. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.4.85
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