Genesis: Translation and Commentary, Robert Alter
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.
This book is paperback and is recommended reading for Hillsdale's free online course, "The Genesis Story: Reading Biblical Narratives"
I assumed it would be an easy read but was mistaken
+By tthis comment I mean no offense. It contains very high vocabulary wihich makes it hard to understand. Too bad that it wasn't written with the basic layperson in mind.
Genesis study course
I am loving it so far and I am on the last class now! I highly recommend this course to anyone who likes genesis and the bible. lil gold nuggets everywhere. thank you Hillsdale College