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Exploring the Psalms with Robert Alter: A Bible Streams Sneak Peek

Going Deeper

Reading the Bible can be simple, but oftentimes we are faced with words, ideas and language that isn't instantly accessible, particularly in the Old Testament. This episode of Going Deeper features a sneak peek of our most recent Bible Streams episode, "Our Heart Songs 2: Hebrew Poetry with Robert Alter". Jo and Alex Walker (Bible Streams host) speak with world-renowned author and literary expert Robert Alter on how to read Hebrew poetry. Enjoy this snippet from their conversation.From Bible Streams: "In episode 2 of our series on the Psalms, Jo and Alex are joined by Robert Alter to discuss how to understand Hebrew poetry. Robert is an Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative literature at the University of California in Berkeley and has written numerous books on Hebrew literature, including the Art of Biblical Poetry. Robert has translated the Hebrew Bible into English along with a full commentary on the text, and his love for the richness of the Bible comes through in our conversation. Thanks to Robert for giving us his time and his thoughtful insights."Resources/Links mentioned in this episode, or as references or helpful for Bible Streams:Book: Robert Alter - The Art of Biblical PoetryBook: Robert Alter - The Book of the Psalms: A Translation with CommentaryBook: Robert Alter - The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with CommentaryPodcast: Bible Streams - Our Heart Songs 1: Introducing the PsalmsPodcast: Bible Streams - Our Heart Songs 2: Hebrew Poetry with Robert AlterBig thanks to Tim Whittle for editing and extra production on this podcast. Get more info at Riverlife Church, and find us on Facebook and Instagram. Music credit: Scott & Annie McKinnon, 'Revive'.Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Android and Spotify.

26mins

11 Nov 2020

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Our Heart Songs 2: Hebrew Poetry with Robert Alter

Bible Streams

In episode 2 of our series on the Psalms, Jo and Alex are joined by Robert Alter to discuss how to understand Hebrew poetry. Robert is an Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative literature at the University of California in Berkeley, and has written numerous books on Hebrew literature, including the Art of Biblical Poetry. Robert has translated the Hebrew Bible into English along with a full commentary on the text, and his love for the richness of the Bible comes through in our conversation. Thanks to Robert for giving us his time and his thoughtful insights.Resources/Links mentioned in this episode, or as references or helpful for Bible Streams:Book: Robert Alter - The Art of Biblical PoetryBook: Robert Alter - The Book of the Psalms: A Translation with CommentaryBook: Robert Alter - The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with CommentaryWeb: Keats - On First Looking into Chapman's HomerBig thanks to Tim Whittle for editing and extra production on this podcast. Get more info at Riverlife Church, and find us on Facebook and Instagram. Music credit: Scott & Annie McKinnon, 'Revive'.Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Android and Spotify.

1hr 8mins

10 Nov 2020

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Robert Alter on translating the Hebrew Bible [MIPodcast #115]

Maxwell Institute Podcast

It isn’t every day that a scholar publishes a book that changes the entire landscape of a field of study, but that’s exactly what Robert Alter did in 1981 with his book, The Art of biblical Narrative. For centuries and more, scholars had meticulously studied the Bible to tease out the voices those who compiled it, but Robert Alter paid attention to the finished product to see what the stories had to say in their completed form. It’s hard to overestimate Alter’s influence on literary studies of the Bible—looking at plot, genre, character, and more. And now Alter has finished his own complete translation of the Hebrew Bible—a mammoth task that took quarter of a century.In this episode, Robert Alter joins us to talk about the challenges and surprises of biblical translation. He visited the Maxwell Institute earlier this year to deliver a set of guest lectures which you can watch here.About the GuestRobert Alter is Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967. He has written widely on the European novel from the eighteenth century to the present, on contemporary American fiction, and on modern Hebrew literature. He is especially well-known for his work on the literary aspects of the Bible. His twenty-two published books include two prize-winning volumes on biblical narrative and poetry, and award-winning translations of the Five Books of Moses. In 2019 he published The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary, and The Art of Biblical Translation.The post Robert Alter on translating the Hebrew Bible [MIPodcast #115] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

58mins

4 Aug 2020

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TNS 7-7: Robert Alter

Pulpit Fiction Narrative Cast

A conversation with Dr. Robert Alter, Professor in the Graduate School and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, about his amazing new work, The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary (Vol. Three-Volume Set)

1hr 3mins

13 Feb 2020

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TNS 7-7: Robert Alter

Pulpit Fiction Podcast

A conversation with Dr. Robert Alter, Professor in the Graduate School and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, about his amazing new work, The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary (Vol. Three-Volume Set)

1hr 3mins

13 Feb 2020

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31: Translating the Bible with Robert Alter

Jewish History Matters

Join our community on Facebook | Join our mailing list For this episode, we are joined by Robert Alter to discuss his monumental translation of the Bible. Robert Alter has been translating the Bible for more than twenty years, beginning with his translation of Genesis published in 1996. It’s really a tremendous achievement, as he brings his own particular sensibilities to the project as a literary scholar. We’re excited to share our fascinating conversation about the meaning of translation, the significance of Bible translations in particular, and what we get from a translation of the Bible that emphasizes its literary character and sensibilities. Robert Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. He has written widely on the European novel from the eighteenth century to the present, on contemporary American fiction, and on modern Hebrew literature, and has also written extensively on literary aspects of the Bible. In the course of his career, Robert has written a number of significant books on the Bible as literature and the history of Bible translation including The Art of Biblical Narrative (1981), The Art of Biblical Poetry (1985), and more recently Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible (2010) and The Art of Bible Translation, which appeared in 2019. Purchase The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary at AmazonPurchase Pen of Iron on AmazonPurchase The Art of Bible Translation on Amazon

55mins

8 Sep 2019

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Biblical Narrative, Translation, and Literalism with Professor Robert Alter

Can I Say This At Church Podcast

The Bible is something special, isn't it? I mean what other text have stood the tests of time as it has? But how do we know what we are reading is the correct way to be read? How can we trust translations and what the heck is a "Biblical Narrative"? Professor Robert Alter and I discuss... Guest Bio: Robert Alter is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967.   He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress, and is past president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics.   He has twice been a Guggenheim Fellow, has been a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and Old Dominion Fellow at Princeton University.  In 2009, he received the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for lifetime contribution to American letters. As promised at the end here is the link for the works that Robert discussed at the beginning of the show in book format. The Art of Biblical Narrative You can also find all the musical selections from all our episodes on our Spotify Playlist.  Check out all the things over at the store...it's a great way to support the show www.canisaythisatchurch.com/store What are you waiting for; consider becoming a Patreon supporter of the show. You'll have access to many perks as well as guaranteeing the future of these conversations; even $1/Month goes so far as this show is 100% listener supported.  https://www.patreon.com/canisaythisatchurch Follow the show: https://www.facebook.com/CanISayThisAtChurch/ https://twitter.com/cistacpodcast https://www.canisaythisatchurch.com/ Transcript for today's episodeAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

51mins

26 Aug 2019

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Valuing the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) with Robert Alter, PhD

Making Disciples Everyday

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter https://www.amazon.com/Hebrew-Bible-Translation-Commentary-Three/dp/0393292495 Have you heard of Eugene Peterson? (07:52) How would you describe what that 24 year process was like? (09:35) How did this journey affect you personally? (14:30) How do you see the Old Testament come to life in the way you do? (20:54) What was Jesus doing in that moment [when He was on the cross] as he quoted the beginning of a poem? (24:40) Is this normal of a typical Jewish poem? (30:42) Speak about the fact that Jesus did not necessarily act like the typical Jewish rabbi even though He technically was one. (32:36) Is this typical for a Jewish rabbi to be known for specific things?(36:20) What do we miss when we’re catching the facts of the Bible but missing the beauty?(36:28) Do you have any specific thoughts or encouragement to help those studying the Hebrew translation? (45:07) If you could say one thing to the American church what would it be? (45:07)

58mins

23 Jul 2019

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Episode 87: Robert Alter - The Art of Translating the Bible

The Bible For Normal People

Robert Alter has spent most of his life committed to studying the Bible and the last two decades creating an entirely new translation of the Old Testament. Pete and Jared talk about some of the insights he has gained from seeing the Bible as a literary masterpiece.Show Notes → Support the podcast: The Bible for Normal People PatreonSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/the-bible-for-normal-people/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

55mins

13 May 2019

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Robert Alter—The Art of Bible Translation

OnScript

Dru Johnson and Matt Lynch talk to Robert Alter about his new Princeton University Press book The Art of Bible Translation and his newly released translation of the Hebrew Bible into English. Robert explains how the translation came about and how The Art of Bible Translation acts as a methodological introduction to his translation of the Hebrew Bible.The post Robert Alter—The Art of Bible Translation first appeared on OnScript.

26 Mar 2019

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