Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and The Jewish Publication Society will mark the milestone occasion of “The JPS Torah at Fifty – A Celebration of a Translation and a Translator” on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6 pm at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, One West Fourth Street, New York.
This public program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the landmark publication will feature a keynote address by Dr. Leonard Greenspoon, Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization; Professor of Classical & Near Eastern Studies and Theology, Creighton University (pictured, right); followed by responses by Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR; Dr. S. David Sperling, Professor of Bible, HUC-JIR; and Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz, Director, JPS. Since its publication in 1962, the JPS Torah has become the most widely read English translation of the Hebrew Bible.
This occasion will also commemorate the 20th yahrzeit of Dr. Harry M. Orlinsky, editor-in-chief of the JPS Torah and Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR (pictured, left). Dr. Orlinsky was the only Jewish scholar on the team that produced the monumental Revised Standard Version of the Bible (1952) prepared by, and primarily for, Christians. He became a major figure in the philosophical movement to turn biblical scholarship away from word-for-word literalism toward idiomatic translations aimed at capturing the original meaning of phrases.Beginning in1953, Dr. Orlinsky ardently advocated for a new English-language translation of the Bible, prepared by Jews for Jews (as well as others) that would take the place of the 1917 JPS translation, which resulted in the JPS Torah published in 1962.
This program is part of the year-long celebration of the 90th anniversary of the 1922 founding of the Jewish Institute of Religion (JIR) by Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, the renowned Zionist and social justice and human rights activist, as an institution serving all streams of Judaism. The JIR merged with Hebrew Union College in 1950.
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Please RSVP by November 30 by clicking here or calling 212-824-2293.