Gender, the Bible, and the Art of Translation 

Date: May 20, 2024

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Sponsor: Online Lecture Series

Location: Online

Category: Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom

Gender, the Bible, and the Art of Translation

Part of our spring learning series Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom 

Monday, May 20, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

With special guest presenter Dr. Elias Sacks, Director of The Jewish Publication Society 

How should English translators of the Hebrew Bible approach questions relating to gender? When should gender-inclusive language (such as “God” or “person”) be used for references to God and human beings, and when is gendered terminology (such as “King” and “man”) called for historically and linguistically? What does it mean to faithfully render biblical Hebrew into contemporary English, and how can translators share their methodologies and choices with readers and communities? Join us for an exploration of these questions, focusing on the newest Bible translation released by The Jewish Publication Society, THE JPS TANAKH: Gender-Sensitive Edition.

The Zoom link for all sessions in the Timely Insights, Timeless Wisdom series will be in the confirmation email that you receive after you register. 


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