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Genesis: Translation and Commentary Paperback – September 17, 1997
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Alter's commentaries help to situate Genesis within the larger narrative arc of the Bible as well as they address even the most current strains of Biblical exegesis (like feminist rethinkings of gender roles in the creation, for example), but this reader found the wealth of fascinating minutiae even more endearing. What did Potiphar's wife REALLY say to Joseph when she tried to seduce him? It's in there. What does Adam's name mean in Hebrew? It's in there.
First-time readers of the Bible can expect a very readable yet faithful prose, while long-time readers can expect the unexpected, as Alter's etymological and socio-historical explanations bring a pleasantly surprising new clarity to a classic.
Alter's translation is thoughtful, readable, and faithful to the spirit and dignity of the great book of Genesis. As a man who principally looks at Genesis through literary eyes, one might think his commentary would be reduced to cold faithlessness. But Alter is deeply linked to the faith of the authors and what they were trying to tell. He leaves the judgment of the story to the reader.
As a believer, I also appreciated Alter's comments on the intelligence of the composition. To him, it's not just a collection of old legends, but a story with a plan - a tapestry with patterns to be sure woven into a sensible design.
In a day where we've chaptered and versified the Bible to death, Alter's holistic treatment probably gets back to the spirit in which the original account was probably presented.
A good example for instance, is the creation of mankind. King james and most other translators have always said the first human was a man, and from his flesh a woman was created. When we look at the exact word that is used in the original book, we see that it is `adam, which means human. Without the prefix "ben" (son of), this does not suggest maleness, and verse 27 says
"And god created the human in his image,
in the image of God he created him,
male and female he created them."
This suggests the first human being both male and female. Then God took part of this human, and made another human, now calling one man and the other woman. This would also explain the attraction between man and woman, the need to be together, because they were once one. This shows how much difference even just the fact that the translator is male (such as King James) can make, and what a huge impact something this small can have on all of Christianity and indeed mankind.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shows effort, and guesswork, in translating from original sources to English; allows learning as closely as possible the original intent, not what some people may want to read into... Read morePublished 17 days ago by dan
I am quite disappointed with this commentary as it barely 'skim' the surface and does not go in to detail in most verses. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ramshead
Beautiful, accessible translation by Berkeley scholar. The language is new again.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Yes, this is an entire book based on Genesis. He wanted to retain some of the poetic nuance that was involved with the original Hebrew, and it definitely reads different than the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aaron J
A classic of simple and responsible interpretation.Published 5 months ago by Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg
Alter is always great. If anyone wants a deeper understanding of the Genesis text, this book is for you.Published 5 months ago by Hannah Rush
Given the amount of praise sponsoring this book, I ordered it with the hopes that it would be as thorough, and engaging as some of the other scholars who have tackled the masterful... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lacy P.
This is one man's translation of Genesis. You can read other translations to see how committees reached different ways of translating it, perhaps Alter felt rejected and needed to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by JustinHoca