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The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel Paperback – September 17, 2000
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The Book of Samuel comes down to us in a Hebrew text that is clearly faulty in spots, and it is also obvious that more than one author has been at work. Some scholars, like Kyle McCarter, editor of the Anchor Samuel, looking for documentary origins, emphasize the breaks in the text, the inconsistencies that suggest that different traditions have been incompletely harmonized with one another. In accordance with his views in "The Art of Biblical Narrative" and his practice in his translation of the book of Genesis, Alter plays down the "documents" approach and instead emphasizes the skill of the final redactor of Samuel who wove those disparate stories into a single skein.
For example, we are confronted by two disparate stories of how David comes to be introduced into Saul's court, first as a skilled musician in Saul's entourage and second as the shepherd boy from Bethlehem who comes from his flock and slays Goliath. Early in chapter 17, that harmonizer is at work when he tells us that "David would go back and forth from Saul's side to tend his father's flock in Bethlehem" (1 Sam 17:15).Read more ›
Alter translates in such a way as to give us a better feel for the narrative that the original writers may have intended. Not only does he try to get the original words, but also the original tempo of the words that give it a lively effect. Throughout the text, he explains his choices when sources disagrees. Each choice is explained linguistically and in some instances, poetically. This was a definite plus!
Along with commentary on the translation, Alter explains how actions fit historically and geographically. He has definitely done his homework! Further, he explains some parts in modern analogy (a comparison to the mafia in a few instances), which really help the reader connect with the narrative.
I would highly recommend this book for people wanting a good translation and a better understanding of the story and details of King David.
Alter's analysis of the language can be a true bridge for those who want to know the text but do not speak Hebrew. By pointing out to the reader places where the language is unclear, he lets him or her make the choice of what the texts real meaning is. Only the Everett Fox translation is equal or superior.
As for commentary, Alter's literary critique of the text helps bring it to life and helps the reader understand how those in the period of redaction read the text.
Alter has already made many noteworthy contributions to biblical scholarship. With this work, he assures his place in the illustrious pantheon of important biblical scholars.
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Excellent material for those wanting insights from the Hebrew text.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Robert Alter is such a great writer. I love his annotations/ notes. This is basically a deeply annotated and very interesting 1st and 2nd Samuel (and then some), and it is a very... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matt Barton
Another Robert Alter university course for biblical theology, but this one is more of a biography in-between the commentary of THE MAN DAVID. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jennie Martin
I needed this for a class and it was a great help! Alter did a wonderful job of dissecting the scriptures.Published 12 months ago by The Review Crew
This brought new insights into Hebrew history and culture. I found the book interesting and enlightening, however, it is written only with a scholarly point of view. Read morePublished 13 months ago by lexi24
Robert Alter is a brilliant scholar, and I rely upon his writings as I teach a course in Hebrew Scriptures. I have most of his books.Published 14 months ago by terrryp