The Five Books of Moses

The Five Books of Moses

A Translation With Commentary

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393019551
Branch Call Number: BS1223 .A48 2004
Characteristics: xlviii, 1,064 p. : maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Alter, Robert

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squelter Jun 12, 2013

Fascinating new translation of the first five books of the Old Testament. Highly recommended to those who find the King James difficult to read, as I do, but who value beautiful, majestic language.

Aug 06, 2010

I approached this book with the background of a committed atheist, recently given cause to investigate other possibilities. I would say this book does an outstanding job giving commentary to enliven and explain all the myriad facets that await you in this book of books.


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