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Faithful Renderings

Jewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation

Naomi Seidman

Faithful Renderings

Naomi Seidman

312 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2006
Paper $33.00 ISBN: 9780226745060 Published December 2006
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780226745053 Published December 2006
E-book $10.00 to $32.99 About E-books ISBN: 9780226745077 Published February 2010
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.
The Translator as Double Agent

Immaculate Translation
Sexual Fidelity, Textual Transmission, and the Virgin Birth

"The Beauty of Greece in the Tents of Shem"
Aquila between the Camps
False Friends
Conversion and Translation from Jerome to Luther
A Translator Culture

The Holocaust in Every Tongue

Translation and Assimilation
Singer in America

Endecktes Judenthum?
A Translator’s Note

Review Quotes
Cameron Boyd-Taylor | Review of Biblical Literature
"[An] ambitious is stimulating, often affording a fresh perspective on familiar texts. Seidman’s métier is cultural theory and hermeneutics, and it is here that she has something to offer biblical specialists."
Ann Conway-Jones | Journal of Jewish Studies
"Seidman reveals what a complicated, and sometimes dangerous, business translation is. . . . Certainly as an examination of the intricacies both of translation and of Jewish-Christian relations it is superb."
Mary C. Boys | Theological Studies
"Faithful Renderings so dazzles with knowledge and insight that it is a daunting read. . . . Even more remarkable is the attentiveness to nuance, offering rich detail, for example, about debates in virtually every age over the spirit and letter in translation."
Francine Kaufmann | Translation Studies
"An outstanding and valuable contribution to translation studies and a description of Jewish approaches to translation throughout history."
Emily Wittman | Shofar
"[An] important contribution to the fields of Translation Studies, Jewish Studies, and Holocaust Studies, to name just a few of the disciplines [this] work will enrich."
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