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Genesis: Translation and Commentary
By Robert Alter (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date September 1, 1997
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780393316704
ISBN-10 039331670X
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Original list price $17.95
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Attending to the usages, rhythms, and narrative patterns of biblical Hebrew and rendering them with clarity and literary appeal, an acclaimed translation and commentary deepens the reader's understanding of Genesis as a cohesive book. Reprint. PW.
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"[Here is] ?the ?Genesis for our generation and beyond."―Robert Fagles

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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Hardcover
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from W W Norton & Co Inc (September 1, 1996)
9780393039818 | details & prices | 324 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $25.00
About: A new translation of the first book of the Bible honors meanings and literary strategies of the ancient Hebrew language, while bringing the stories together in a narrative format that makes it read more like a fully integrated book
Paperback
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Reprint edition from W W Norton & Co Inc (September 1, 1997)
9780393316704 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $17.95
About: A new translation of the first book of the Bible honors meanings and literary strategies of the ancient Hebrew language, while bringing the stories together in a narrative format that makes it read more like a fully integrated book

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