Translating Psalms: An Evening of Dialogue and Discussion Hosted by The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

March 22, 2010, New York, NY

Ms. Pam Greenberg, author of The Complete Psalms: The Book of Prayer Songs in a New Translation (Bloomsbury USA, 2010), and Dr. Stephen Geller, the Irma Cameron Milstein Chair of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will read, discuss, and comment on their respective psalm translations in a program entitled “Translating Psalms: A Reading and Reflection” on Monday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. The program is hosted by The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Ms. Greenberg will read selections from The Complete Psalms and discuss her approach to translating one of the greatest collections of religious poetry. Dr. Geller, at work on his own translation of and commentary on the book of Psalms, will discuss the challenge of translating such a work. Dr. David Kraemer, the Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS, will serve as moderator.

pgMs. Greenberg’s work has been published in a number of journals, including the Green Mountains Review, the Missouri Review, and Shankpainter. Her translations from the Spanish have appeared in the magazine Circumference, and excerpts from her Psalms translations have appeared in the “Book World” section of the Washington Post and on the PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly website. She has received several writing awards, including a University Fellows award at Syracuse, a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center. Ms. Greenberg has an MFA from Syracuse University and a master’s in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College.

sgDr. Geller has published numerous books and articles on biblical language, poetry, literature, and religion. His most recent book is Sacred Enigmas: Literary Religion in the Hebrew Bible (1996). Dr. Geller's article "Wisdom, Nature and Piety in Some Biblical Psalms" appeared in Riches Hidden in Secret Places: Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Memory of Thorkild Jacobsen (edited by Tzvi Abusch, 2002). He is currently completing a commentary on the book of Psalms for the Hermeneia series of commentaries. Dr. Geller received an AB from Cornell University in 1960 and rabbinical ordination from JTS in 1965. He also studied at Heidelberg University and Columbia University, and received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1976.

The talk is open to the community at no charge; reservations are required. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Hector Guzman at (212) 678-8075 or