Lecture: The English Bible from King James to Robert Alter

Decorative book covers on the volumes of Robert Alter’s Hebrew Bible

Last December, W. W. Norton published the complete translation of The Hebrew Bible by Robert Alter. The work, which took Alter twenty-five years to complete, has been hailed as one of the most significant achievements in the history of English Bible translation by both admirers and critics of Alter’s text.

On November 5, Rabbi Dr. Michael Panitz will present a lecture and lead a discussion on this milestone work of scholarship, theology, and literature: From King James to Robert Alter: English Bible Translations, Then and Now. In his lecture, Rabbi Panitz will focus on four excerpts from Alter’s text:

  • Genesis 1:1 – 2:4
  • II Samuel 11:26 – 12:14
  • Psalm 27
  • Job 38 – 39

Volumes containing these Scriptures are available in the Library, and readers can receive a free copy of the excerpts by emailing a request to Harold Henkel (harohen@regent.edu). An excellent and accessible lecture with Alter explaining his goals as a Biblical translator is on YouTube.

The event will take place in the Library Gallery at 2:00 p.m. and will be live-streamed on Collaborate Ultra.

Rabbi Panitz was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1982 and received his Ph.D. in Jewish history there in 1989. He served on the Seminary’s faculty until 1992 and has been the Rabbi of Temple Israel, Norfolk, since then. Dr. Panitz is also an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Wesleyan University and an Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Language at Old Dominion University.

Robbie the Royal Raptor Contest starts August 26

Follow regentulibrary on Instagram and look for me each day during the first week of classes.

During the first week of classes, the Library will run a contest in honor of our new mascot, Robbie the Royal Raptor. Currently enrolled Regent students will have five opportunities (one each day) to win a $15 Amazon gift card.

Each morning, we will post a picture of Robbie engaged in an activity in the Library or on the campus. To enter for that day, simply like the photo, add a comment, and follow us (if you are not already). That’s it! We will hold a drawing and announce that day’s winner at midnight the next day.

How to Enter:

  • The contest runs Monday, August 26 to Friday, August 30.
  • At the start of each day (midnight), the Library will post a photo of Robbie somewhere in the Library or on the Regent campus. Simply like the photo, add a comment, and follow us. You have until the end of the day (11:59 PM, Eastern Time) to enter.

Contest Rules:

  • Drawing will be held among eligible entries at midnight the next day.
  • Winners must currently be enrolled at Regent.
  • Winners must like and comment on the photo and follow the Library.
  • Students may enter each day but may win only one time.
  • Winners will be announced on the post at the end of each day.
  • Winners will be contacted by email and awarded a $15 Amazon gift card On September 3.

Good luck, and help spread the word about our contest!

 

New Library Access Policy

The University Library and the Law Library now require that all users present ID on entrance to gain access. Members of the Regent University community must show their Regent ID. All other users will be required to present a valid form of ID and sign in. An additional check-in process will be required for non-law school users who wish to access the Law Library.

After 8:00 p.m., both libraries will only be open to Regent University students, staff, and faculty and will be closed to the public. All Regent students, faculty and staff will be required to have a unique Library access card in order to enter the building after 8:00 p.m. during open hours. Library access cards may be requested from Student Services.

These new procedures will help provide a safer environment for Regent University.

Regular library operational hours are:

  • Sunday 2:00 p.m. to midnight
  • Mon – Thurs 7:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Check the library hours webpage for changes in hours during breaks.

Head of Public Services Sandy Yaegle to retire at the end of June

At the end of June, a long-time faculty member and valued colleague of the Library will retire after nearly 28 years of devoted service. Head of Public Services Sandy Yaegle came to Regent in November 1991 after earning a Master of Library Science degree from Clarion University. Prior to becoming a librarian, Sandy was an elementary school teacher in her home state of Pennsylvania. Owing to her practical teaching experience, she has served as education subject specialist and liaison to the School of Education since joining the Library faculty.

In addition to her duties as Education Librarian, Sandy has served the Library in critical leadership positions, including Head of Public Services and Coordinator of Information Literacy and Library Instruction.

The Library faculty and staff will miss Sandy for her unfailing friendliness, modesty, and Christian spirit. Yet we rejoice with her as she begins a new chapter in her life. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.