The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 19, 2009 - Religion - 518 pages
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. - Publisher.

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67. The Book of Psalms (Read March 10 to November 17) I read two versions with notes - The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter (2007, 548 page Paperback) - The HarperCollins ... Read full review

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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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Robert Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

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