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Type: Journal article
Title: Let my people know!
Author: Zuckermann, G.
Citation: Igeret (Louisville), 2009; 81:20-23
Publisher: National Association of Professors of Hebrew
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1045-9898
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Ghil‘ad Zuckermann
Abstract: The Hebrew Bible should be taught like a foreign language, argues Prof. Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, endorsing Avraham Ahuvia’s recently-launched translation of the Old Testament into what Zuckermann calls high-register “Israeli”. Tanakh RAM fulfills the mission of “red ’el ha‘am” not only in its Hebrew meaning (Go down to the people) but also – more importantly – in its Yiddish meaning (“red” meaning “speak!”, as opposed to its colorful communist sense). Ahuvia’s translation is most useful and dignified. Given its high register, however, I predict that the future promises consequent translations into more colloquial forms of Israeli, a beautifully multi-layered and intricately multi-sourced language, of which to be proud.
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0020106942
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