Genesis: Translation and Commentary

Genesis: Translation and Commentary

by Robert Alter
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Genesis: Translation and Commentary

"[Here is] the Genesis for our generation and beyond."—Robert Fagles
Genesis begins with the making of heaven and earth and all life, and ends with the image of a mummy—Joseph's—in a coffin. In between come many of the primal stories in Western culture: Adam and Eve's expulsion from the garden of Eden, Cain's murder of Abel, Noah and the Flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham's binding of Isaac, the covenant of God and Abraham, Isaac's blessing of Jacob in place of Esau, the saga of Joseph and his brothers.
In Robert Alter's brilliant translation, these stories cohere in a powerful narrative of the tortuous relations between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, eldest and younger brothers, God and his chosen people, the people of Israel and their neighbors. Alter's translation honors the meanings and literary strategies of the ancient Hebrew and conveys them in fluent English prose. It recovers a Genesis with the continuity of theme and motif of a wholly conceived and fully realized book. His insightful, fully informed commentary illuminates the book in all its dimensions.

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ISBN-13: 9780393316704
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 185,106
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Genesis: Translation and Commentary 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I first heard about this author in a seminar on preaching and found this book as I was looking for others by the same author. Very interesting translation with some great insights into translation of words, phrases, and literary styles. I have used in preparing to preach on Genesis and found it very helpful.