Harry Orlinsky

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Harry Orlinsky (March 14, 1908-1992) was a scholar and translator of the Hebrew Bible. He was born in Owen Sound, Ontario.

He graduated from the University of Toronto and then later earned a Ph.D. from Dropsie College in Philadelphia. He eventually was named the Effie Wise Ochs Professor of Biblical Literature at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he taught nearly 50 years.

He served on the translation teams of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible (1952), New Jewish Publication Society of America Version (NJPS) (1985), and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) (1989).


  • Paul, William. 2003. English Language Bible Translators, pp. 179-180. Jefferson, NC & London: McFarland & Co.
  • Sperling, S. David. 1992. Harry M. Orlinsky [obituary]. Proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish Research Vol. 58, pp. 23-25.

Writings by Orlinsky[edit]

  • Ancient Israel. 1954. Cornell University.
  • Studies on the Second Part of the book of Isaiah: The So-Called “Servant of the Lord” and “Suffering Servant” in Second Isaiah. 1967, (enlarged edition 1977). Leiden: Brill.
  • Understanding the Bible Through History and Archaeology. 1969. Ktav Publishing House.
  • Essays in Biblical and Jewish Culture and Bible Translation. 1973. Ktav.

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