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A godsend. The foundational texts are here given their due in prose at once modern and magnificently cadenced. Immediately readable. -- Seamus Heaney, Times Literary Supplement

Engrossing...the translation [that] deserves to become the version in which future generations encounter this strange and inexhaustible book. -- Judith Shulevitz, New York Times Book Review

The poets will rejoice. Alter's language ascends to a rare purity through plainness that equals the plainness of the Hebrew. -- Cynthia Ozick, The New Republic

About the Author

Robert Alter's translation of the Hebrew Bible, the magnificent capstone to a lifetime of distinguished scholarly work, has won the PEN Center Literary Award for Translation. His immense achievements in scholarship ranging from the eighteenth-century European novel to contemporary Hebrew and American literature earned Alter the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company; 59869th edition (October 17, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 1120 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0393333930
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0393333930
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.98 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.2 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
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