Robert Alter’s award-winning translation of the Hebrew Bible continues with the stirring narrative of Israel’s ancient history.
Samson and David play emblematic roles in the rise and fall of ancient Israel, a nation beset by internal divisions and external threats. A scattering of contentious desert tribes joined by faith in a special covenant with God, Israel emerges through the bloody massacres of Canaanite populations recounted in Joshua and the anarchic violence of Judges. The resourceful David consolidates national power, but it is power rooted in conspiracy, and David dies bitterly isolated in his court, surrounded by enemies. His successor, Solomon, maintains national unity through his legendary wisdom, wealth, and grand public vision, but after his death Israel succumbs to internal discord and foreign conquest. Near its end, the saga of ancient Israel returns to the supernatural. In Elijah’s fiery ascent to heaven many would find the harbinger of a messiah coming to save his people in their time of need.
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A fresh translation of six historical books of the Hebrew Bible.Mar 18 2013 | Read Full Review of Ancient Israel: The Former Pr...
Alter (Hebrew & comparative literature, Univ. of California, Berkeley; The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary) continues his work translating the Hebrew Bible. His literary skills are on full display here as he translates with power and freshness the nati...Jun 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Ancient Israel: The Former Pr...
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