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    DescriptionA cornerstone of the biblical canon, "The Book of Psalms" has been a source of solace and joy for countless readers over millennia. The purity of its images invites reflection and supplication in times of sorrow. The musicality of its rhythms moves readers to celebration of good tidings. As in the past, today it is a book to be cherished as the grounding for daily life. 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, a 'masterpiece' by Robert Fagles and a 'remarkable work of scholarship' by James Wood. 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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    The Book of Psalms
    A Translation with Commentary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Alter
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393337044
    ISBN 10: 0393337049

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    Libri: I-RY
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    ECPA Christian Book Category: BSTCMTCOT
    DC22: 223.2077, 223/.2077
    BISAC V2.8: REL006060
    LC classification: BS1424 .A48 2009
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    30 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Robert Alter is a widely acclaimed literary scholar. He is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Also available: Genesis (ISBN 978 0 393 31670 4), The David Story (ISBN 978 0 393 32077 0) and The Five Books of Moses (ISBN 978 0 393 01955 1).
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    The Book of Psalms stands out as a work of scholarship - Alter's commentary, however, is comprehensive and fascinating, and the undertaking wholly admirable." Nick Laird, The Telegraph Alter's translations are - extremely interesting and strikingly clear - and the commentary is fascinating." The Sunday Times Robert Alter's translation of the Psalms is an extraordinary work." James Wood, Books of the Year, The Times Literary Supplement "A new English translation of the Book of Psalms retains the power of the original to inspire and reassure believer and skeptic alike." The Jerusalem Report