Translation Conference

“Translation, Migration, Conversion:

New Directions in Jewish Bible Translation and Beyond”


March 15-16, 2015

Berkeley, CA



Sunday, March 15, 2015  -  Graduate Theological Union

Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA  94709


10:15-10:30 Introductions


Session One 10:30-12:30

The Bible in the Light of Its Translation

Deena Aranoff, Berkeley, CA   “The Biblical root ʹmn: Retrieval of a term and its Household Context”

Dror Abend-David,  University of Florida  “Divorce Already?!  Should Israelis Read the Tanakh in Translation?”

Leonard Greenspoon, Creighton University   “Nature or Nurture?  Jewish Bible Translators as Prodigies, Pedagogues, and Prophets”


Lunch 12:30-1:30


Session Two 1:30-3:30

Translation and Migration

Jonathan Sheehan,  University of California, Berkeley  “Type as Translation: The Sacrifices of the Reformation”

Scott Elliott, Adrian College  "Transrendered: Scriptures in the Language of Comics and Graphic Novels"

Naomi Seidman, Graduate Theological Union  "The Afterlife of the Afterlife: Tehiyat Hametim and the Translation of Jewish Liturgy"


Session Three 3:45-5:00

On Translating the Bible

Chana Bloch, Berkeley, CA   “In the Fever of Love’: Translating Eros in the Bible” 

Everett Fox, Clark University  “On Translating the Bible—and Performance”


Reception: 5:15-6:00

Keynote Address 6:00-7:15

Robert Alter, Berkeley, CA  "The Challenges of Translating the Bible"


Monday, March 16, 2015  -  Graduate Theological Union

GTU Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA  94709


Session Four 9:30 – 11:30

Translation and Modernity

Jeffrey Shoulson, University of Connecticut   "Hugh Broughton and Early Modern Biblical Scholarship: The King James Bible from the Outside Looking In"

Alan Levenson, University of Oklahoma   “Translation versus Teaching: Competing Agendas in Samson Raphael Hirsch’s Pentateuch”

Abigail Gillman, Boston University  "Ma Sh’mo?  Translating the Name(s) of God”


Closing Roundtable: The Future of Bible Translation 11:45-12:45

Participants to be determined