Dr. Harold Louis Ginsberg, usually cited as H. L. Ginsberg, was a professor of rabbinic literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in New York City, in the 20th century.


Born in Montreal, Canada.
Ph.D. from the University of London in 1930.
Lecturer at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan.

Work, research

He has done work on Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament, a key sourcebook for ancient texts that have a literary relationship with the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible, a.k.a. Old Testament.)

He has done work on ancient Canannite myths.

Dr. Ginsberg was one of the key translators of the New Jewish Publication Society of America Version' of the Hebrew Bible or Tanakh. This was the second translation published by the Jewish Publication Society of America (JPS), superseding its 1917 version. It is a fresh translation into modern English, independent of the earlier translation or any other existing one. Current editions of this version refer to it as The Jewish Publication Society Tanakh Translation. Originally known by the abbreviation “NJV” (New Jewish Version), it is now styled as “NJPS.” The translation follows the Hebrew or Masoretic text scrupulously, taking a conservative approach regarding conjectural emendations: It avoids them completely for the Torah, but mentions them occasionally in footnotes for Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Attested variants from other ancient versions are also mentioned in footnotes, even for the Torah, in places where the editors thought they might shed light on difficult passages in the masoretic text.

Member in professional organizations

  • Society of Biblical Literature - Originally named the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis, the title was shortened to its current name in 1962.

Selected works

  • H. L. Ginsberg, "The North-Canaanite myth of Anath and Aqhat", Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 97 (February 1945:3-10).
  • Five Megilloth and Jonah: A New Translation
  • Studies in Koheleth
  • The Five Megilloth and Jonah : a new translation
  • The supernatural in the prophets : with special reference to Isaiah
  • Studies in Daniel (Texts and studies of JTS ; vol. 14)
  • The Prophets (Nevi'im) A new trans. of the Holy Scriptures

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