Biblical Narrative, Translation, and Literalism with Professor Robert Alter

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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

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