The Five Books of Moses : A Translation with Commentary (Hardcover)

Customer Reviews   Write a Review

Be the first to review this item and earn 25 Rakuten Super Points™

Product Overview

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 (EDT) *Subtitle: A Translation with Commentary *Publication Date: 2004/09/13 *Number of Pages: 1064 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 2.25 *Width: 6.75 *Height: 9.75

Specifications

Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Mfg Part# 9780393019551
SKU 39727700
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0393019551
Release Date 9/13/2004
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.75L x 2.25T
Praise
"[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."
"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."
"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."
From the Publisher
Editors Note The capstone of a brilliant scholar's lifelong work to establish the literary identity of the Bible, in an elegant, slipcased hardcover.|Through a distinguished career of critical scholarship and translation, Robert Alter has equipped us to read the Hebrew Bible as a powerful, cohesive work of literature. The culmination of this work, Alter's masterly new translation and probing commentary combine to give contemporary readers the definitive edition of The Five Books.|Alter's majestic translation recovers the mesmerizing effect of these ancient stories—the profound and haunting enigmas, the ambiguities of motive and image, and the distinctive cadences and lovely precision of the Hebrew text. Other modern translations either recast these features for contemporary clarity, thereby losing the character of the original, or fail to give readers a suitably fluid English as a point of contact. Alter's translation conveys the music and the meaning of the Hebrew text in a lyrical, lucid English. His accompanying commentary illuminates the text with learned insight and reflection on its literary and historical dimensions.
Annotation 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.
Product Attributes
eBooks Kobo
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 1120
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company

More Buying Options

Seller Infomation Price & Shipping  
Books2AnywhereUS $31.04 + free shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock
New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000.
Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
Buy.com
$27.38 + $4.25 shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock, 45 Day Returns

Usually Ships within 24 hours
Add to Cart
Synergy Data Inc $51.14 + $6.00 shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock

Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
loading
$27.38 + $4.25 shipping
$39.95 You save $12.57 (31%)
Earn 28 ($0.28) Rakuten Super Points™
What are Rakuten Super Points™?
Get rewarded when you shop! Earn 1 point per dollar spent. That's like getting cash back on every purchase. Easy to see matured points in checkout. Use points just like cash.
Learn More
Format: Hardcover
Condition: Brand New
Very few left In Stock! Order soon -- product may sell out.
In Stock. Usually Ships within 24 hours
Please select an option to buy
Add to Cart

Sold By:  Buy.com
For Books, Music, Movies & TV place over $40 (before tax and shipping charges) of eligible products in your shopping basket. Not valid with marketplace products, other restrictions apply.
ADVERTISEMENT
Promotions & Offers (1)
  •  custom promo
    5% Back Sitewide with Promo Code REWARDME at Checkout - Ends 8/31/15 *See page for details
Buy From Other Sellers (3)
kobo
  • Take your library with you wherever you go
  • Use the device you want to use… smartphone, desktop and many of today’s most popular eReaders

WHY KOBO?

We love the Kobo eReading service… and we know you will too. We’ve partnered with them to bring you the most flexible, enjoyable eReading experience in the U.S.

SHOPPING ON KOBO

You’ll be asked to sign in or create a new account with Kobo. Once you do, you’ll immediately get access to millions of titles and be ready to start eReading. Anytime. Anyplace.

continue to kobo
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT