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Genesis by Robert Alter
Book DescriptionGenesis begins with the making of heaven and earth and all life, and ends with the image of a mummy-Joseph's-in a coffin. In between come many of the primal stories in Western culture: Adam and Eve's expulsion from the garden of Eden, Cain's murder of Abel, Noah and the Flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham's binding of Isaac, the covenant of God and Abraham, Isaac's blessing of Jacob in place of Esau, the saga of Joseph and his brothers. In Robert Alter's brilliant translation, these stories cohere in a powerful narrative of the tortuous relations between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, eldest and younger brothers, God and his chosen people, the people of Israel and their neighbors. Alter's translation honors the meanings and literary strategies of the ancient Hebrew and conveys them in fluent English prose. It recovers a Genesis with the continuity of theme and motif of a wholly conceived and fully realized book. His insightful, fully informed commentary illuminates the book in all its dimensions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393316704
(211mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 14-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert Alter
Strong as Death is Love, Paperback (February 2016)
An award-winning translation brings new immediacy to these beloved books of the Bible. Read them for the first time, again.
Ancient Israel, Paperback (May 2014)
Robert Alter's award-winning translation of the Hebrew Bible continues with the stirring narrative of Israel's ancient history.
Wisdom Books, Paperback (October 2011)
First time in paperback: "One of the most ambitious literary projects of this or any age."-Adam Kirsch, New Republic
Art of Biblical Poetry, Paperback (September 2011)» View all books by Robert Alter
Investigates the mode and effect of Hebrew poetry in the Bible. This title presents three major concepts in biblical poetry (parallelism; narrative vs delineation; and, intensification), delving into an illuminating textual analysis using many examples from the Bible.
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Author Biography - Robert Alter
Robert Alter's ongoing 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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