Gender, the Bible, and the Art of Translation

Posted On May 20, 2024 / 5784 | Monday Webinar Timely Insight | Gender

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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? We explore these questions, focusing on the newest Bible translation released by The Jewish Publication Society, THE JPS TANAKH: Gender-Sensitive Edition.

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