The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Religion - 518 pages
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Like the Five Books of Moses a cornerstone of the scriptural canon, the Book of Psalms has been a source of solace and joy for countless readers over millennia. The cleansing purity of its images invites reflection and supplication in times of sorrow. The musicality of its powerful rhythms moves readers to celebration of good tidings. So today as it has been throughout our past, this is a book to be cherished as the grounding for our daily lives.

This timeless poetry is beautifully wrought by a scholar whose translation of the Five Books of Moses was hailed as a "godsend" by Seamus Heaney and a "masterpiece" by Robert Fagles. Robert Alter's The Book of Psalms captures the simplicity, the physicality, and the coiled rhythmic power of the Hebrew, restoring the remarkable eloquence of these ancient poems. His learned and insightful commentary shines a light on the obscurities of the text.


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User Review  - deusvitae - LibraryThing

Alter, famous for his explications on Biblical narrative and poetry, translates the Psalms and provides translation notes. He attempts to present the structure of Hebrew parallelism as effectively as ... Read full review

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User Review  - KCummingsPipes - LibraryThing

I sampled this book on my Kindle and read the introduction there before I put the book itself on my list. For reading the psalms, I found this one of those rare instances where the Kindle just didn't ... Read full review

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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.

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