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Publication Date: October 2004

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Naomi Sokoloff

Series: "Lost in Translation: How to Teach Translated Texts." AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Associ

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Teaching methods)

Keywords: Higher Education; Language; Jewish Text; Publications

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


As part of a 4-part series on the challenges of teaching texts in translation, the author reflects on teaching Hebrew literature in translation. She looks at the positive and negative effects of the plethora of English translations that have come out in recent years. She argues that even more important as a resource for the classroom are books that provide readings and interpretations of Hebrew texts, together with the original pieces and their English translations.