Robert Alter – 1987 Stroum Lectures: The Invention of Hebrew Prose

Professor Robert Alter (University of California, Berkeley) delivered the 1987 Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington: “The Invention of Hebrew Prose: Literary Language and the Dilemma of Mimesis”.


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A Literary Creation: Literary Approaches to the Book of Genesis

Bar Ilan University provides videos of papersĀ from a conference held in June 2014: A Literary Creation: Literary Approaches to the Book of Genesis.


How to Drive Home a Revolutionary Ideopoetics: First Impressions in Genesis – Prof. Meir Sternberg

Gayle Rubin Meets the Women of Genesis – Prof. Susan Niditch

On the Structure of the Abraham Narratives – Prof. George Savran

Genesis 26: Deep Structure and Meaning – Sarah Schwartz

“A Fugitive Aramean Was My Father” – Prof. Ed Greenstein

To Tell or Not To Tell: The Case of Jacob in Shechem – Prof. Yair Zakovitch

“Call Me Ishmael”: Melville’s Genesis – Prof. Ilana Pardes

A Common Base for Jacob’s Four Masebot – Dr. Joshua Berman

Robert Alter: The Bible Through Literary Eyes

Robert Alter gives a lecture on “The Bible Through Literary Eyes” (2007). The lecture provides an introduction to the literary critical approach to the Bible, and in particular the conventions and techniques used by the ancient authors of the biblical books.

The lecture is available in both video and audio formats.

The lecture was delivered as part of the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies, and the video was produced by UCTV.

Alter is Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, and author of many significant works concerning the literary criticism of the Hebrew Bible, including The Art of Biblical Narrative (1981).