Genesis: Translation and Commentary

Robert Alter

Robert Alter's rare combination of fluent translation and insightful commentary makes this the perfect edition of Genesis for anyone drawn to this formative work in our culture. Alter's translation attends to the usages, rhythms, and narrative patterns of Biblical Hebrew and renders them with clarity and literary appeal. His commentary deepens the reader's understanding of Genesis as a cohesive book without being intrusive. The result is "the Genesis for our generation and beyond" (Robert Fagles).

About the Author
Robert Alter is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of the acclaimed works The Art of Biblical Narrative and The Art of Biblical Poetry, and is co-editor with Frank Kermode of The Literary Guide to the Bible. Alter is the author of many works on modern literature as well, includingThe Pleasures of Reading in an Ideological Age, available in a Norton paperback. A distinguished literary critic, he is currently the president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics and is a frequent contributor toThe New Republic, Commentary, The Times Literary Supplement, and other journals.

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