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The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File Size : 1018 KB
- Publication Date : October 19, 2009
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company (October 19, 2009)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 655 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0045Y238O
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- Best Sellers Rank: #208,885 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The translation: As part of my daily prayer discipline, I read one psalm a day but the translation I use is from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. The BCP translation is my prayer version of comfort food. Because his aim is to be as accurate as possible, Alter's translations are more rough and raw than the BCP. While the result is utterly fascinating from an academic point of view, the poetic flow of the words is missing—at least for me.
The commentary: For almost every psalm, Alter gives an enlightening overview of its meaning and purpose, but the verse-by-verse comments, which often involve the intricacies of translation from Hebrew to English, can be a bit tedious. Still, there are SO many gems of insight buried in these comments, and that is why I found it to be so enlightening. After reading this book—although studying is closer to what I did than simply reading—I understand the psalms in a way I never have before.
If you are interested in taking a deep dive into the meaning of the psalms, I highly recommend this book. That said, if you just want to read and meditate on the psalms, this is probably not the best choice. If you do read this book, I recommend reading just one or two psalms a day for the greatest appreciation because otherwise you may find it overwhelming. Just a point: I took six months to read (and study) this.
Unfortunately, Mr. Alter offers very little beyond, "who knows?"
That said, he does provide lots of line-by-line analysis, and his translation does shed light. I am glad I bought the book.
Top reviews from other countries
IT IS AVERY ERUDITE AND SCHOLARLY BOOK ON THE HISTORY AND TRANSLATION OF THE PSALMS
INTERESTING BUT NOT WHAT I HOPED IT WOULD BE .