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The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary

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A brilliant new translation and commentary of one of the Bible's most cherished and powerful books.

Like the Five Books of Moses a cornerstone of the scriptural canon, the Book of Psalms has been a source of solace and joy for countless readers over millennia. The cleansing purity of its images invites reflection and supplication in times of sorrow. The musicality of its powerful rhythms moves readers to celebration of good tidings. So today as it has been throughout our past, this is a book to be cherished as the grounding for our daily lives.

This timeless poetry is beautifully wrought by a scholar whose translation of the Five Books of Moses was hailed as a godsend by Seamus Heaney and a masterpiece by Robert Fagles. Robert Alter's The Book of Psalms captures the simplicity, the physicality, and the coiled rhythmic power of the Hebrew, restoring the remarkable eloquence of these ancient poems. His learned and insightful commentary shines a light on the obscurities of the text.

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"Readers of the Psalms — perhaps the most comforting of all the books of the ancient Hebrew scriptures — turn to these 'songs of David' in times of both trouble and celebration. Many phrases in the Authorized or King James translation have passed into the common parlance of English: 'Out of the mouths of babes,' 'Keep me as the apple of the eye,' 'the noise of many waters,' 'the stone which the builders... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

A brilliant new translation and commentary of one of the Bible's most cherished and powerful books.

Synopsis:

Like the Five Books of Moses a cornerstone of the scriptural canon, the Book of Psalms has been a source of solace and joy for countless readers over millennia. The cleansing purity of its images invites reflection and supplication in times of sorrow. The musicality of its powerful rhythms moves readers to celebration of good tidings. So today as it has been throughout our past, this is a book to be cherished as the grounding for our daily lives.

This timeless poetry is beautifully wrought by a scholar whose translation of the Five Books of Moses was hailed as a "godsend" by Seamus Heaney and a "masterpiece" by Robert Fagles. Robert Alter's The Book of Psalms captures the simplicity, the physicality, and the coiled rhythmic power of the Hebrew, restoring the remarkable eloquence of these ancient poems. His learned and insightful commentary shines a light on the obscurities of the text.

About the Author

Robert Alter is a widely acclaimed literary scholar. He is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393062267
Subtitle:
A Translation with Commentary
Author:
Alter, Robert
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Biblical Commentary - General
Subject:
Biblical Commentary - Old Testament
Subject:
Bible - Commentaries - General
Subject:
Bible - Commentaries - Old Testament
Subject:
Christianity-Bible Commentary
Publication Date:
20070917
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.6 x 1.6 in 2.04 lb

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Product details 560 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393062267 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A brilliant new translation and commentary of one of the Bible's most cherished and powerful books.
"Synopsis" by , Like the Five Books of Moses a cornerstone of the scriptural canon, the Book of Psalms has been a source of solace and joy for countless readers over millennia. The cleansing purity of its images invites reflection and supplication in times of sorrow. The musicality of its powerful rhythms moves readers to celebration of good tidings. So today as it has been throughout our past, this is a book to be cherished as the grounding for our daily lives.

This timeless poetry is beautifully wrought by a scholar whose translation of the Five Books of Moses was hailed as a "godsend" by Seamus Heaney and a "masterpiece" by Robert Fagles. Robert Alter's The Book of Psalms captures the simplicity, the physicality, and the coiled rhythmic power of the Hebrew, restoring the remarkable eloquence of these ancient poems. His learned and insightful commentary shines a light on the obscurities of the text.

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