Robert Alter’s Bible: Like Two Worlds at Once

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This week and next, during Passover, we’ll be exploring Robert Alter’s translation of the beginning of Exodus, the basis for the Passover story. Next week we’ll approach the Song of Songs, which is traditionally recited during the days of Passover.

Robert Alter’s historic one-man translation of the entire Hebrew Bible is like two worlds at once, the heavens and the earth, with the translation above and the commentary below. One can spend a lifetime in either of these worlds.

Robert Alter’s Bible: A Symposium By Ronald Hendel, Aviya Kushner, Shai Held, David Bentley Hart, Adele Berlin, Adam Kirsch. Jewish Review of Books, 2019. Winter 2019

Alter, Robert. The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary. W. W. Norton & Company.

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