Genesis: Translation and Commentary, Robert Alter
"[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.
This book is paperback.
Very hard for me to read. Robert Alter's writing and vocabulary is for advance and above my everyday vocabulary made it supper hard for me to read. I did learn some things about Genesis that I did not know. It was interesting and enjoyable reading.
This translation and commentary was excellent. The comments were very good and spot on. I enjoyed reading this, and recommend it for those who want a deep dive into the book of Genesis.