The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary

The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary

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by Robert Alter

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"A modern classic....Thrilling and constantly illuminating."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book WorldSee more details below


"A modern classic....Thrilling and constantly illuminating."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

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Judith Shulevitz
Alter's magisterial translation deserves to become the version in which many future generations encounter this strange and inexhaustible book.
— The New York Times
Michael Dirda
Autumn, it seems to me, is the best time to read the Bible. The green world is turning mottled and brown, the evening grows dark ever more quickly, we feel the chill in the brisk morning air. In the fall we find ourselves turning naturally to mild philosophical meditation, reflecting in our vague way on the purposes of life, the passage of time, the petty affairs of humanity. For brief moments, we even view our own selves from a distance, sub specie aeternitatis. In such a mood one might profitably reread parts of either testament -- or take up Robert Alter's fine and thoughtful new version of the five books of Moses.
— The Washington Post
Library Journal
This new translation of the first five books of the Bible (i.e., Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) is a landmark study. Combining his vast knowledge of ancient Hebrew with the most recent scholarship, Alter (Hebrew & comparative literature, Berkeley; The Art of Biblical Poetry) seeks to reproduce as faithfully as possible in standard English the nuances, literary devices, and metaphors of the original Hebrew text. In doing so, he aims to show where many modern translations (including the King James Bible) have failed to represent the original Hebrew's varied nuances. In his commentary, found in the introductions to each book and on many individual verses, Alter expounds the theological meaning of the text's narrative in its larger biblical context. While acknowledging the scholarly consensus that the Pentateuch may have been composed of four literary sources (i.e., J, the Yahwist; E, the Eloist; P, the Priestly; and D, the Deuteronomic), his commentary seeks to examine the text in light of its own narrative structure. Highly recommended for all academic libraries and for public libraries with large religion collections.-Charles Murray, C.S.S., White Plains, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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