How can I find an English → Aramaic translator?
February 28, 2020 8:11 AM   Subscribe

My fiancée and I are writing our own ketubah text and would like to hire a translator to express about 350 English words in the dialect of Aramaic in which traditional ketubot are written.

Ideally we'd get a high-quality translation that captures the nuances of our text, which echoes the feminist parts of the traditional one and then veers off in a social-justice--focused way. We are willing to pay accordingly.

After trawling through a lot of SEO spam, I found, but he isn't taking new custom work of this kind at the moment.
posted by all the marbles to Writing & Language (3 answers total)
I've written to the woman who did your translation into Aramaic about fifteen years ago to see if she's still doing that work. I'll report back when I hear from her.
posted by Winnie the Proust at 9:06 AM on February 28, 2020

Have you explored university graduate programs? I imagine a PhD student would be a great fit for this,. A university near me posts their grad students, another I found searching "Aramaic PhD" does so as well. I imagine many do the same. Sending relevant students an email -- you found them through google, you're looking for an Aramaic translation -- would probably get you a good answer; PhD students generally love a straightforward side gig.
posted by quadrilaterals at 10:24 AM on February 28, 2020

I have not heard back from the translator. If I do, I will post.

In the mean time, I'll second quadrilateral's suggestion. My translator attended Harvard Divinity School.
posted by Winnie the Proust at 6:33 AM on February 29, 2020

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