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Aviya Kushner

Aviya Kushner is the author of The Grammar of God (Spiegel & Grau). She is the Forward’s language columnist and an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Robert Alter Bible: A Symposium

Robert Alter Bible: A Symposium

Ronald Hendel, Aviya Kushner, Shai Held, David Bentley Hart, Adele Berlin, Adam Kirsch

In the 14 years since he published the Five Books of Moses, Alter has steadily progressed through the Tanakh, producing translations that aim at something like a 21st-century American equivalent of what he has called the “simple yet grand” English of the King James Version, while attending closely to the literary techniques of the Hebrew text. We asked a learned, eclectic group of six critics to discuss the results.