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2005 Koret Jewish Book Special Award for Translation and Commentary

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The capstone of a brilliant scholar's lifelong work to establish the literary identity of the Bible, in an elegant, slipcased hardcover.

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.

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"[Alter's] magisterial translation deserves to become the version in which many future generations encounter this strange and inexhaustible book." Judith Shulevitz, The New York Times Book Review

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

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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. In this landmark work, Alter's masterly translation and probing commentary combine to give contemporary readers the definitive edition of The Five Books. Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Translation and the Koret Jewish Book Award for Translation, a NewsweekTop 15 Book, Los Angeles TimesFavorite Book, and San Francisco ChronicleBest Book.

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Robert Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published many acclaimed works on the Bible, literary modernism, and contemporary Hebrew literature.

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KIER8, October 9, 2008 (view all comments by KIER8)
"The Five Books of Moses: A Translation and Commentary" may be the crown of Dr. Robert Alter's career. The University of California [Berkeley] Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature has already provided the public with such masterful works as The Art of the Biblical Narative, The Art of Biblical Poetry, The David Story: A Translation and Commentary of 1 & 2 Samuel, and The Book of Psalms: A Translation and Commentary. Now every student of the Bible can benefit from Alter's insights and scholarship.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393019551
Translator:
Alter, Robert
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Translator:
Alter, Robert
Editor:
Alter, Robert
Author:
Alter, Robert
Subject:
Bible - Study - General
Subject:
Bible - Study - Old Testament
Subject:
Bible - Criticism Interpretation - Old Testament
Subject:
Bible - Hermeneutics
Subject:
Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - Old Testament
Subject:
Biblical Studies - Exegesis & Hermeneutics
Subject:
Bible - Commentaries - Old Testament
Subject:
Christianity-Biblical Criticism
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
1120
Dimensions:
10 x 6.8 x 2.3 in 3.565 lb

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Product details 1120 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393019551 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Alter's] magisterial translation deserves to become the version in which many future generations encounter this strange and inexhaustible book."
"Synopsis" by , "A modern classic....Thrilling and constantly illuminating."'"Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World
"Synopsis" by , 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. In this landmark work, Alter's masterly translation and probing commentary combine to give contemporary readers the definitive edition of The Five Books. Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Translation and the Koret Jewish Book Award for Translation, a NewsweekTop 15 Book, Los Angeles TimesFavorite Book, and San Francisco ChronicleBest Book.
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