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    DescriptionA narrative portion of the Hebrew Bible overflowing with action and character, the books included in Ancient Israel move from folk memories of magically powerful figures to a finely wrought historical account of deadly court intrigue - among the greatest in all of Western literature. Taken together they form a rich panorama of the rise and decline of ancient Israel, a narrative of bloody conquest, national consolidation, fragmentation and defeat. Pulsing through Robert Alter's new translation is a people's vision of God, history and national purpose.

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    Ancient Israel
    The Former Prophets - Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings - A Translation with Commentary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Alter
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 928
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 1,202 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393082692
    ISBN 10: 0393082695

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.2
    BISAC V2.8: REL006210
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRCG1
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    Ingram Subject Code: RF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
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    BIC subject category V2: HRCF1
    DC22: 222.077
    BISAC V2.8: REL006730
    DC22: 222/.077
    Libri: ISRA5300, JUDE2026
    DC23: 222.07
    LC classification: BS1286.5.A3 A48 2013
    Thema V1.0: QRVC, QRMF12
    Illustrations note
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    17 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Robert Alter was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Lifetime Achievement and the PEN Center Literary Award for Translation. He is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.
    Review quote
    Alter has achieved the significant feat of refreshing English by taking it back to one of its sources of strength. --Peter Ackroyd "...will no doubt include copious annotations that make reading Alter's versions both a pleasure and a revelation." The Bookseller "...outstanding translation." The Tablet "Professor Alter's refined intelligence offers not just a translation faithful to the literary artistry of the original but also a commentary that draws upon the best exegetical or philological work." Jewish Quarterly