2022-2023

The Art of Biblical Narrative

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Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Time: 07:30pm - 

Location: Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall, 100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

The Raoul Wallenberg Annual Program

funded by Leon and Toby Cooperman

Robert B. Alter, Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

Winner, Charles Homer Haskins Prize for career achievement, American Council of Learned Societies
Winner, Robert Kirsch Award, Los Angeles Times, for lifetime contribution to American letters

The Fiver Books of MosesWorld-renowned biblical scholar Robert Alter will present a talk on the highly sophisticated narrative art of the Hebrew Bible, shedding light on a variety of distinctive conventions and techniques that are unlike what is found in other narrative traditions. Offering an introduction to these narrative procedures, he will pay special attention to the use of repetition as a way of better appreciating the artistry of the Hebrew stories. Alter published an English translation of the complete Hebrew Bible in 2018, a magnificent capstone to a lifetime of distinguished scholarship and winner of the PEN Center Literary Award for Translation.

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Alter RobertRobert B. Alter is a world-renowned scholar who has written widely on the European novel from the eighteenth century to the present, contemporary American fiction, modern Hebrew literature, and literary aspects of the Bible. His twenty-four published books include two prize-winning volumes on biblical narrative and poetry and award-winning translations of Genesis and the Five Books of Moses. His translation of the Hebrew Bible with commentary appeared in 2018 in a three-volume set. His books have been translated into ten different languages. 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 he is a past president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and an 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 and in 2013 the Charles Homer Haskins Prize for career achievement from the American Council of Learned Societies.