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    DescriptionThrough a distinguished career of critical scholarship and translation, Robert Alter has equipped us to read the Old Testament as a powerful, cohesive work of literature. The culmination of this work, Alter's masterly new translation and probing commentary combine to give contemporary readers the definitive edition of "The Five Books of Moses". Alter's translation recovers the mesmerizing effect of these ancient stories - the profound and haunting enigmas, the ambiguities of motive and image, and the distinctive cadences and lovely precision of the Hebrew text.Alter's translation conveys the music and the meaning of the Hebrew text in a lyrical, lucid English. His commentary illuminates it with learned insight and reflection on its literary and historical dimensions.

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    The Five Books of Moses
    A Translation with Commentary
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Alter
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 1120
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 50 mm
    Weight: 1,420 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393333930
    ISBN 10: 0393333930

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.2
    BISAC V2.8: REL006210
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25440
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 37
    Ingram Theme: THEO/ACADEM
    LC classification: BS
    BIC subject category V2: HRCG1
    B&T Approval Code: A13503025
    Ingram Subject Code: RY
    Libri: I-RY
    DC22: 222.1077
    Abridged Dewey: 221
    BISAC V2.8: REL006090
    ECPA Christian Book Category: BSTBOTPEN
    BISAC V2.8: REL006400
    BIC subject category V2: HRCF1
    BISAC V2.8: REL006060, REL006050
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVC, QRMF12
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    28 October 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "Robert Alter's translation with commentary of The Five Books of Moses can be fairly described as a godsend." Seamus Heaney, Books of the Year, The Times Literary Supplement "In this remarkable translation... a monument of scholarship... Alter brings a kind of sensitivity to bear on moment after moment of his translation..." James Wood, London Review of Books "The commentary is at least as important as the translation, and the two together make up a unique contribution both to biblical studies and to the understanding and appreciation of a text that is central to Western culture." John Barton, The Times Literary Supplement "...a new translation with fascinating annotations..." Robert Crumb, Summer Books, The Guardian"