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The Hebrew Bible: A Trans­la­tion with Commentary

  • From the Publisher
January 1, 2013

A mas­ter­piece of deep learn­ing and fine sen­si­bil­i­ty, Robert Alter’s trans­la­tion of the Hebrew Bible, now com­plete, rean­i­mates one of the for­ma­tive works of our cul­ture. Cap­tur­ing its bril­liant­ly com­pact poet­ry and fine­ly wrought, pur­pose­ful prose, Alter renews the Old Tes­ta­ment as a source of lit­er­ary pow­er and spir­i­tu­al inspi­ra­tion. From the fam­i­ly fric­tions of Gen­e­sis and King David’s flawed human­i­ty to the serene wis­dom of Psalms and Job’s incen­di­ary ques­tion­ing of God’s ways, these mag­nif­i­cent works of world lit­er­a­ture res­onate with a star­tling imme­di­a­cy. Fea­tur­ing Alter’s gen­er­ous com­men­tary, which qui­et­ly alerts read­ers to the lit­er­ary and his­tor­i­cal dimen­sions of the text, this is the defin­i­tive edi­tion of the Hebrew Bible.

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