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The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary
Alter, Robert

New York: Norton, 2018 pp. li + 744, xlix + 1394, xlvii + 994. $125.00

Description: [3-volume set] A landmark event: the complete Hebrew Bible in the award-winning translation that delivers the stunning literary power of the original. A masterpiece of deep learning and fine sensibility, Robert Alterís 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 Davidís flawed humanity to the serene wisdom of Psalms and Jobís incendiary questioning of Godís ways, these magnificent works of world literature resonate with a startling immediacy. Featuring Alterís generous commentary, which quietly alerts readers to the literary and historical dimensions of the text, this is the definitive edition of the Hebrew Bible.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Translation and Translation Theory, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism, Poetics

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Review by Edward L. Greenstein
Published 3/5/2020
Citation: Edward L. Greenstein, review of Robert Alter, The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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