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Preface To The Critical Edition And Annotated Translation

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The English translation offered to the reader departs considerably from the widely known translation of Marcus Salzman in that it intentionally adheres to the wording of the source, avoiding paraphrases and shortcuts, notwithstanding the fact that it is admittedly almost impossible to accurately render rhymed medieval Hebrew prose into other languages. A first draft, which owes much to the efforts of Alick Isaacs, at that time a doctoral student of mine, was drawn by rendering as systematically as possible the biblical locutions used in the Hebrew text according to their usual English wording, in order to help detect possible inter-textual allusions. A definitely accurate diplomatic reproduction of the text, yet hardly accessible to the wider public, was set up in 1965 by Reuven Mirkin and others under the supervision of Zeev Ben-Hayyim as preliminary material for the historical dictionary in preparation by the Hebrew Language Academy and the Bialik Institute.

Keywords: english translation; Hebrew language academy; Marcus Salzman



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