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The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary

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  • The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary (W. W. Norton & Company) – Hardcover (2004)
    by Robert Alter (Translator)

    The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary

    Hardcover, W. W. Norton & Company
    2004
    English
    1,120 pages

    ISBN: 0393019551
    ISBN-13: 9780393019551

    Through a distinguished career of critical scholarship, Robert Alter's masterly new translation and probing commentary combine to give contemporary readers the definitive edition of The Five Books. Alter's translation recovers the mesmerising 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. Alter's translation conveys the music and the meaning of the Hebrew text in a lyrical, lucid English. His ... Show more

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Everyone Should Read This Book!

by AreDoubleYou on Apr 9, 2007

Robert Alter's commentary for the first five books of the bible are fantastic! The emphasis is on the meanings of words and phrases translated from the original Hebrew. It explains when a word or phrase differs from the Masoretic text and the Septuagint. It gives insight into double and triple meanings of words and even sheds light on puns (which there are a lot of them) that are often not mentioned in other texts with commentary. It is well worth the read, even for someone who has read these books in other forms. Robert Alter also did a translation of I&II Samuel in his book "The David Story" which is a great companion to this book.

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