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Strong As Death Is Love: The Song of Songs, Ruth, Esther, Jonah, and Daniel, A Translation with Commentary Kindle Edition

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Sensitive to the nuances in the original Hebrew and Aramaic, and also pleasing to the ear of the English-speaking reader An accessible introduction for interested general readers, this book should also appeal to scholars. "

[Alter] continues his work of masterful translation. --Marcia Z. Nelson"

A pleasure to read . Alter has given fresh life to some of the most beloved, and puzzling, books in our heritage. --John Timpane"

About the Author

Robert Alter's ongoing translation of the Hebrew Bible, the magnificent capstone to a lifetime of distinguished scholarly work, has won the PEN Center Literary Award for Translation. His immense achievements in scholarship ranging from the eighteenth-century European novel to contemporary Hebrew and American literature earned Alter the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (2 Mar. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L4HAVGG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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I am not a vicar, no longer a formal student of theology or a literary critic; I am a passionate devotee of sagas, stories, mythology and narrative poetry for no other reason but to enjoy the superb story telling abilities of those who wrote them and put them together. Robert Alters translation lifts these brilliant stories out of the dusty old pews of boring churches where no one really knows what to do with them and restores to them the mythic grandeur that such a profound and exciting body of literature deserves. I lovingly place Alters Translation of the Hebrew Sagas alongside the beautiful mythology of Tolkien, William Morris and the Viking Sagas. At the heart of Alters mission is to do away with the boring two dimensional translation of the NRSV, RSV and other English Biblical translations in order to recapture the opaque nature and ambiguity of the texts while also maintaining a meticulous dedication to rendering the Hebrew accurately into English. Simply brilliant!
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Another beautiful commentary by Robert Alter. This is a commentary of some of the books that are part of the Ketuvim, the strange and wonderful books that surround Torah and Nabiim. Alter does what he does best: he translates and explains in such a way that you understand the text as a whole better. And therefore this book is a must have for every vicar. Reading a commentary can sometimes give the experience of entering a maze; the biblical text is cut into tiny pieces and the reasons for doing so can be very obscure and more prompted by modern ideas about what can be called an inconsistency than doing right by the text. Not this book though. The literary themes are clearly lined out in the preface to every book, and supported by the accurate and beautiful translation and annotation of the text. And having a clear understanding of the themes and the texts gives much clearer sermons.
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Interesting and very informative.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR ANY SERIOUS LITERARY STUDY OF THE BIBLE! 18 Mar. 2015
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Vintage Alter!!! If you are interested in a literary approach to the Bible this and the other translation and notes that he has done for the Hebrew Bible are indispensible for your study and learning. Even if you are more traditional in your approach to the text this is still a great tool to help you understand the literary charachteristics of the different books of the Bible. It is a great help for private learning as well as helping with preparing for classes and sermons. I have used Alter's work in my studies for years and I always find more on subsequent readings.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for his translations, but for his notes get this book. 24 April 2015
By Phyllis F. Perkins - Published on Amazon.com
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Over the years, I have bought -- and READ -- everything, I think, that Robert Alter has published. He has added so much to my understanding of Hebrew texts. Thanks!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, a must have for every vicar. 7 May 2015
By Miriam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Another beautiful commentary by Robert Alter. This is a commentary on some of the books that are part of the Ketuvim, the strange and wonderful books that surround Torah and Nabiim. Alter does what he does best: he translates and explains in such a way that you understand the text as a whole better. And therefore this book is a must have for every vicar. Reading a commentary can sometimes give the experience of entering a maze; the biblical text is cut into tiny pieces and the reasons for doing so can be very obscure and more prompted by modern ideas about what can be called an inconsistency than doing right by the text. So that you are more preoccupied with discovering the reason for the cut than finding a theme in the text. Not this book though. The literary themes are clearly lined out in the preface to every book, and supported by the accurate and beautiful translation and annotation of the text. And having a clear understanding of the themes and the texts gives much clearer sermons.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work 31 May 2015
By Keep it real - Published on Amazon.com
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Translation and commentary on the book of Daniel are worth the cost of the book (which doesn't imply agreement with everything he says). The other translations and commentary are fascinating as well. If you have an interest in these books of the Old Testament you owe it to yourself to have this translation with helpful notes on it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 6 Aug. 2015
By Ira Slomowitz - Published on Amazon.com
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What is there left to say about Robert Alter's translations of the Bible?
I am sure the sticklers will find issues with various words here and there, but this is a pleasure to read - both the translation and the commentary.
I am capable and enjoy reading the Bible in the original Hebrew, but Alter gives it another flavor.
Awaiting the rest of his great undertaking.
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