The Wisdom Books: Job Proverbs And Ecclesiastes by Robert AlterThe Wisdom Books: Job Proverbs And Ecclesiastes by Robert Alter

The Wisdom Books: Job Proverbs And Ecclesiastes

byRobert Alter

Paperback | September 20, 2011

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Here in Robert Alter's bold new translation are some of the most magnificent works in world literature. The astounding poetry in the Book of Job is restored to its powerful ancient meanings and rhythms. The creation account in its Voice from the Whirlwind is beautiful and incendiary. By contrast, a serene fatalism suffuses Ecclesiastes with a quiet beauty, and the pithy maxims of Proverbs impart a worldly wisdom that is satirically shrewd. Each of these books addresses the universal wisdom that the righteous thrive and the wicked suffer in a rational moral order; together they are essential to the ancient canon that is the Hebrew Bible.
Robert Alter's 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 ...
Title:The Wisdom Books: Job Proverbs And EcclesiastesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.24 × 5.5 × 0.95 inPublished:September 20, 2011Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393340538

ISBN - 13:9780393340532


Editorial Reviews

“A master translator of Hebrew poetry.” — Jon Meacham (The New York Times Book Review)

“Masterfully translated.” — John Timpane (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Magnificent: This translation is superb [and] the commentary is rich in linguistic, historical, and literary insights that immeasurably enrich the reading of these texts.” — Library Journal