The David Story, Robert Alter
Acclaimed for its masterful new translation and insightful commentary, The David Story is a fresh, vivid rendition of one of the great works in Western literature. Robert Alter's brilliant translation gives us David, the beautiful, musical hero who slays Goliath and, through his struggles with Saul, advances to the kingship of Israel. But this David is also fully human: an ambitious, calculating man who navigates his life's course with a flawed moral vision. The consequences for him, his family, and his nation are tragic and bloody. Historical personage and full-blooded imagining, David is the creation of a literary artist comparable to the Shakespeare of the history plays.
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“The most compelling version of [the David] story since the King James Bible.”—Robert Fagles, award-winning translator of The Iliad and The Odyssey
“A remarkable new translation... Anyone who cares about the Bible or the English language will want to read it... Alter's extraordinary work shows that Bible scholarship is healthy and getting healthier. Read it and rejoice."—David Gelernter, National Review
“For the contemporary reader in English, I would suggest that there is no better place to reassess the character of David than in Robert Alter's masterly new translation... It will, I hope and expect, prove as influential and popular as his version of Genesis, a groundbreaking work not only for its sophisticated literary scholarship but also because the cadences of biblical Hebrew were, for perhaps the first time, uncannily reactivated in English.”—Jonathan Wilson, New York Times Book Review
great course david story
i really liked the commentary, and notes . also liked how it made it a lot easier to understand and to see things from a different view.
Unerstand David as a King, a Father and all of the highs and lows of a complicated man.
This helps explain why scholars are so valuable to understanding scripture. There are many facets to explore and without the help of a scholarly guide it's too easy to get lost. Invest some ttime to get to know and understand David and his wonderful story. It's well worth the time and effort and you never have a better guide than ROBERT ALTER.