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"A modern classic....Thrilling and constantly illuminating."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

Through a distinguished career of critical scholarship and translation, Robert Alter has equipped us to read the Hebrew Bible as a powerful, cohesive work of literature. In this landmark work, Alter's masterly translation and probing commentary combine to give contemporary readers the definitive edition of The Five Books. Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Translation and the Koret Jewish Book Award for Translation, a Newsweek Top 15 Book, Los Angeles Times Favorite Book, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book.

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    This book finally made it possible for me to read the Bible. The translation is good but the notes are invaluable. The Bible, especially the oldest parts that are included in this book, is too old and comes from a culture too far from us to be understood without notes. Alter's notes are mostly focused on the literary aspects (structure and language) but they also help understand in what context the book was written and what some sentences might mean. My only problem was that the notes are grouped at the end of each chapter and not linked in the main text (they are organized by verse instead), which makes reading a bit impractical in ebook form.


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