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A beautiful book, 15 May 2010
This book by Rober Alter is a really great resource. He has translated the psalms himself, somtimes giving quite a differernt stress or nuance to a word or phrase. Each verse has a commentary where he explains his decision for his tranlsation as well as other comments about the verse. He has used Jewish commenatries very well, and has tried successfully to be faithful to the poetic nature of the psalms.
It is a book that can be used for academic study as well as for personal study and/or prayer and is very useful for scripture study groups. It is a very accessible book as well as being both learned and faithful to the original Hebrew.
It makes a good partner for his previous book, The Five books of Moses.