Genesis : Translation and Commentary

Genesis : Translation and Commentary

Description

Genesis begins with the making of heaven and earth and all life, and ends with the image of a mummy-Joseph's-in a coffin. In between come many of the primal stories in Western culture: Adam and Eve's expulsion from the garden of Eden, Cain's murder of Abel, Noah and the Flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham's binding of Isaac, the covenant of God and Abraham, Isaac's blessing of Jacob in place of Esau, the saga of Joseph and his brothers.

In Robert Alter's brilliant translation, these stories cohere in a powerful narrative of the tortuous relations between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, eldest and younger brothers, God and his chosen people, the people of Israel and their neighbors. Alter's translation honors the meanings and literary strategies of the ancient Hebrew and conveys them in fluent English prose. It recovers a Genesis with the continuity of theme and motif of a wholly conceived and fully realized book. His insightful, fully informed commentary illuminates the book in all its dimensions.


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Details

Author(s)
Robert Alter
Format
Paperback | 384 pages
Dimensions
140 x 211 x 25mm | 440g
Publication date
14 Jan 1998
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
ISBN10
039331670X
ISBN13
9780393316704
Bestsellers rank
125,024