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Faithful Renderings: Jewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation
Seidman, Naomi

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006 pp. viii + 333. $22.00

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Afterlives of the Bible


Description: Faithful Renderings reads translation history through the lens of Jewish–Christian difference and, conversely, views Jewish–Christian difference as an effect of translation. Subjecting translation to a theological-political analysis, Seidman asks how the charged Jewish–Christian relationship—and more particularly the dependence of Christianity on the texts and translations of a rival religion—has haunted the theory and practice of translation in the West. Bringing together central issues in translation studies with episodes in Jewish–Christian history, Naomi Seidman considers a range of texts, from the Bible to Elie Wiesel’s Night, delving into such controversies as the accuracy of various Bible translations, the medieval use of converts from Judaism to Christianity as translators, the censorship of anti-Christian references in Jewish texts, and the translation of Holocaust testimony. Faithful Renderings ultimately reveals that translation is not a marginal phenomenon but rather a crucial issue for understanding the relations between Jews and Christians and indeed the development of each religious community.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Early Church Origins


Review by Cameron Boyd-Taylor
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Published 5/3/2008
Citation: Cameron Boyd-Taylor, review of Naomi Seidman, Faithful Renderings: Jewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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