The Wisdom Books by Robert Alter
Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary

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First time in paperback: “One of the most ambitious literary projects of this or any age.”—Adam Kirsch, New Republic


Here in Robert Alter's bold new translation are some of the most magnificent works in world literature. The astounding poetry in the Book of Job is restored to its powerful ancient meanings and rhythms. The creation account in its Voice from the Whirlwind is beautiful and incendiary. By contrast, a serene fatalism suffuses Ecclesiastes with a quiet beauty, and the pithy maxims of Proverbs impart a worldly wisdom that is satirically shrewd. Each of these books addresses the universal wisdom that the righteous thrive and the wicked suffer in a rational moral order; together they are essential to the ancient canon that is the Hebrew Bible.
 

About Robert Alter

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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.
 
Published October 11, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 416 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The Jewish Chronicle

The translation is, as befits a professor of Hebrew language and comparative literature, clear, thoughtful and close to the Hebrew - though for those who enjoy the poetic licence taken in the King James translation, it can take some getting used to.

May 12 2011 | Read Full Review of The Wisdom Books: Job, Prover...

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