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

Author:  Robert (EDT) Alter Editor:  Robert Alter Translator:  Robert Alter
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0393019551
ISBN-13: 9780393019551
Sku: 39727700
Publish Date: 9/13/2004
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.75L x 2.25T
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 (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
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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.
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 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

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

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   1120
Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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