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A History of German Jewish Bible Translation

Abigail Gillman

Abstract

Between 1780 and 1937, Jews in Germany produced numerous new translations of the Hebrew Bible into German. Intended for Jews who were trilingual, reading Yiddish, Hebrew, and German, they were meant less for religious use than to promote educational and cultural goals. Not only did translations give Jews vernacular access to their scripture without Christian intervention, but they also helped showcase the Hebrew Bible as a work of literature and the foundational text of modern Jewish identity. Although the translators were major figures, these translations have received scant attention. This b ... More

Keywords: Hebrew Bible, translation, German Jews, Yiddish, Ashkenaz, Haskalah, Martin Luther, Targum, Moses Mendelssohn

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226477695
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226477862.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abigail Gillman, author
Boston University