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On Translating the Bible with Sarah Ruden

Sarah Ruden

What was the Bible really like to its early readers?

In The Face of Water, Sarah Ruden, celebrated translator of Classical Greek and Roman literature (Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Virgil’s Aeneid, The Golden Ass of Apuleius) engages with scripture, reconstructing the intense poetic and dramatic effects and the fascinating historical context of the original Hebrew and Greek texts. “There is no call to action here: just a deep reveling in the words of scripture that we know more thinly than we’d like,” wrote James C. Howell.