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Five Books of Moses (Paperback)

Author:  Robert Alter
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0393333930
ISBN-13: 9780393333930
Sku: 208067487
Publish Date: 10/4/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 2T
Pages:  1120
Age Range:  NA
An English-language translation of the Hebrew bible for contemporary readers seeks to convey the texts original power and lyrical qualities, providing in the accompanying commentary additional insight into its literary and historical significance. 25,000 first printing. *Author: Alter, Robert *Publication Date: 2008/10/04 *Number of Pages: 1064 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 2.00 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.25
Scholarly, literate, and modern, Robert Alter's translation of the five books of Moses draws on his long career as a scholar of Hebrew and comparative literature, and follows other distinguished works such as THE ART OF BIBLICAL NARRATIVE. His extensive commentary balances his literary expertise with historical scholarship. A New York Times Notable Book for 2004.


New Republic
"[H]istorically astounding....Alter aspires beyond erudition to the kind of sensibility that a reader might bring to James or Proust....[His] richly developed notes and reflections are informed by scholarship, wit, and intuition; without the intrusions of didacticism, they educate." - Cynthia Ozick 10/04/2004

Times Literary Supplement
"THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES is a fine work that deserves admiration for its sheer scale and literary power, and detailed attention for its exact exegesis....The commentary is at least as important as the translation, and the two together make up a unique contribution both to biblical studies and to the understanding and appreciation of a text that is central to Western culture." - John Barton 06/24/2005

New York Review of Books
"There is little doubt that Alter's attention to the literary qualities and idiosyncrasies of his text is unique and impressive....I have said nothing aboutt the high quality of the introductions to each of the five books, the one to Exodus particularly notable for the acuteness of its perceptions; and nothing about the skill with which great poems like the Song of Moses are translated....I cannot say that this is the best translation since 1611 [The King James version], only because I have not read the great mass of those that intervened; but I can say in my opinion it is certainly a great translation, to be honorably compared with the admired Homeric translations of recent years." - Frank Kermode 10/20/2005

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