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The Art of Bible Translation


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Robert Alter is professor of the Graduate School and emeritus professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary, for which he received the National Jewish Book Award for Lifetime Achievement. His other awards include the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Contribution to American Letters, among other awards. He lives in Berkeley, California.


"Alter's book is a short masterclass in how to appreciate biblical language. We may read through the veil of translation but it helps us glimpse the colour of the original."---Simon Rocker, Jewish Chronicle
"Hugely entertaining and irreverent."---Adam Gopnik, New Yorker
"In a series of short essays, [Alter] delves into the minutiae of word choice, syntax and rhythm that make up the substance of a translator's work." * New York Times Book Review *
"Alter provides a refreshing look into the complex work of translating the Bible." * Publishers Weekly *
"In The Art of Bible Translation, Alter provides an intriguing insight into the complexities he faced in producing, single-handed, his translation of the Hebrew Bible. It makes fascinating reading."---Neville Teller, Jerusalem Post
"An essential companion volume to [Alter's] own translations."---Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal
"In this slim work, Mr. Alter sets out the principles that govern his translation while also delivering his pointed commentary on almost all other modern versions."---Eric Ormsby, Wall Street Journal

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