The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.3 X 8.24 X 1.03 inches | 1.11 pounds

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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.


You think you know these texts . . . until you read Alter, who reignites their beauty in bracing and unexpected ways.--Malcolm Jones
Alter is musically and poetically sensitive.... [He] takes us back to the essence of the meaning.--James Wood
Extraordinary.... We never forget, with Alter's Psalms, that the text we are reading is the work of human hands--not Holy Writ, but something at once less and more than that, great poetry.--Adam Kirsch
A considerable achievement.... Alter holds me to his darkly economical texts.--Harold Bloom
It is impossible to overstate the depth, the versatility, and the value of Alter's contribution.--Barbara Berman
One of the best outcomes of Alter's translation is a sense of an abrupt, muscular intensity; he restores to the Psalms a kind of strangeness that emanates from an encounter with a culture we recognize yet is distinctly alien to us, far removed in time and frame of mind.--Mark Doty
Every reader of this translation will be led towards fresh thoughts and will discover favorites that inspire the imagination in new, rich ways.--Walter Brueggemann
In his compelling and swiftly moving translations, Alter has thrust the reader back to the place where the monotheistic religions were born out of even more ancient beginnings.
The achievement of this new translation is to present the Book of Psalms as a wonder of ancient literature.