The David Story  A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel Book
Score: 4.5
From 7 Ratings

The David Story A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel


  • Author : Robert Alter
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2009-10-21
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393070255

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The David Story A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel Excerpt :

"A masterpiece of contemporary Bible translation and commentary."—Los Angeles Times Book Review, Best Books of 1999 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.

The David Story Book
Score: 4.5
From 8 Ratings

The David Story


  • Author : Robert Alter
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 0393320774

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The David Story Excerpt :

"The story of David is the greatest single narrative representation in antiquity of a human life evolving by slow stages through time, shaped by the pressures of political life, family, the impulses of body and spirit, and the eventual sad decay of the flesh. In its main character, it provides the first full-length portrait of a Machiavellian prince in Western literature."--BOOK JACKET. "The beautiful, musical David, loved by all, resourceful slayer of Goliath, is revealed through his life to be a calculating political animal. To advance his own cause, he becomes a collaborator with the archenemies of Israel, the Philistines. Later he commits adultery with Bathsheba, and compounds the betrayal with murder. But through the author's empathy and skill, David also emerges as a fully realized character, a man of passion and intelligence who navigates the ambiguities of belief, loyalty, ambition, temptation, and circumstance with uneven success."--BOOK JACKET.

The David Story Book
Score: 4.5
From 7 Ratings

The David Story


  • Author : Robert Alter
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 0393048039

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The David Story Excerpt :

One of the great characters of the Bible, and literature, is rendered fully in a new translation that includes historical and literary commentary

Pen of Iron Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

Pen of Iron


  • Author : Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature Robert Alter
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-02-28
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691128818

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Pen of Iron Excerpt :

Examines the way that the King James version of the Bible--especially the Old Testament--has influenced literary style in the works of Melville, Hemingway, Faulkner, Bellow, Marilynne Robinson, and Cormac McCarthy.

The King David Report Book

The King David Report


  • Author : Stefan Heym
  • Publisher : Northwestern University Press
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN 10 : 9780810115378

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The King David Report Excerpt :

In this retelling of one of the great Biblical stories, King Solomon commissions Ethan the Scribe to write the official history of King David. But Ethan finds another life behind the curtain that divides the past from the present--the story of a David who seduced, lied, bragged, and plundered his way to power. Ethan faces a dilemma. Which life should he write about?

Genesis  Translation and Commentary Book

Genesis Translation and Commentary


  • Author : Robert Alter
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 1997-09-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393070262

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Genesis Translation and Commentary Excerpt :

"[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.

The Beginning of Politics Book

The Beginning of Politics


  • Author : Moshe Halbertal
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-06-18
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691191683

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The Beginning of Politics Excerpt :

How the book of Samuel offers a timeless meditation on the dilemmas of statecraft The book of Samuel is universally acknowledged as one of the supreme achievements of biblical literature. Yet the book’s anonymous author was more than an inspired storyteller. The author was also an uncannily astute observer of political life and the moral compromises and contradictions that the struggle for power inevitably entails. The Beginning of Politics mines the story of Israel’s first two kings to unearth a natural history of power, providing a forceful new reading of what is arguably the first and greatest work of Western political thought. Through stories such as Saul’s madness, David’s murder of Uriah, the rape of Tamar, and the rebellion of Absalom, the author of Samuel deepens our understanding not only of the necessity of sovereign rule but also of its costs—to the people it is intended to protect and to those who wield it. Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes show how these beautifully crafted narratives cut to the core of politics, offering a timely meditation on the dark side of sovereign power and the enduring dilemmas of statecraft.

Genesis Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Genesis


  • Author : Robert Alter
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN 10 : 039331670X

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Genesis Excerpt :

A new translation of the first book of the Bible honors meanings and literary strategies of the ancient Hebrew language, while bringing the stories together in a narrative format that makes it read more like a fully integrated book

Strong As Death Is Love  The Song of Songs  Ruth  Esther  Jonah  and Daniel  A Translation with Commentary Book

Strong As Death Is Love The Song of Songs Ruth Esther Jonah and Daniel A Translation with Commentary


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2015-03-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393243055

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Strong As Death Is Love The Song of Songs Ruth Esther Jonah and Daniel A Translation with Commentary Excerpt :

“A pleasure to read. . . . Alter has given fresh life to some of the most beloved . . . books in our heritage.”—Philadelphia Inquirer The Song of Songs; Ruth; Esther; Jonah; and Daniel offer readers a range of pleasures not usually associated with the Bible. As distant in time from the Five Books of Moses as Updike is from Shakespeare, these Late Biblical books are innovative, entertaining literary works. Women often stand center stage. The Song of Songs is a celebration of young love, frankly sensuous, with no reference to God or covenant. It offers some of the most beautiful love poems of the ancient world. The story of Queen Esther’s shrewd triumph is also a secular entertainment, with clear traces of farce and sly sexual comedy. The character of Ruth embodies the virtues of loyalty, love, and charity in a harmonious world. Enigma replaces harmony in Daniel’s feverish night dreams. The apocalyptic strangeness of Daniel echoes in works from the New Testament’s Book of Revelations to the lyrics of Bob Dylan. And Jonah, the tale of a giant fish who, on God’s command, swallows the prophet and imprisons him in his dark wet innards for three days, ends with a question that lingers, unanswered, leaving the reader to ponder the many limitations of humankind.

The Wisdom Books  Job  Proverbs  and Ecclesiastes  A Translation with Commentary Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

The Wisdom Books Job Proverbs and Ecclesiastes A Translation with Commentary


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2010-10-11
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 0393080730

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The Wisdom Books Job Proverbs and Ecclesiastes A Translation with Commentary Excerpt :

First time in paperback: “One of the most ambitious literary projects of this or any age.”—Adam Kirsch, New Republic 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.

The Five Books of Moses  A Translation with Commentary Book
Score: 5
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The Five Books of Moses A Translation with Commentary


  • Author : Robert Alter
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2008-10-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 1120
  • ISBN 10 : 0393070247

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The Five Books of Moses A Translation with Commentary Excerpt :

"A modern classic....Thrilling and constantly illuminating."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World Through a distinguished career of critical scholarship and translation, Robert Alter has equipped us to read the Hebrew Bible as a powerful, cohesive work of literature. In this landmark work, Alter's masterly translation and probing commentary combine to give contemporary readers the definitive edition of The Five Books. Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Translation and the Koret Jewish Book Award for Translation, a Newsweek Top 15 Book, Los Angeles Times Favorite Book, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book.

King David Book
Score: 3
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King David


  • Author : Jonathan Kirsch
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2009-07-22
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307567819

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King David Excerpt :

David, King of the Jews, possessed every flaw and failing a mortal is capable of, yet men and women adored him and God showered him with many more blessings than he did Abraham or Moses. His sexual appetite and prowess were matched only by his violence, both on the battlefield and in the bedroom. A charismatic leader, exalted as "a man after God's own heart," he was also capable of deep cunning, deceit, and betrayal. Now, in King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel, bestselling author Jonathan Kirsch reveals this commanding individual in all his glory and fallibility. In a taut, dramatic narrative, Kirsch brings new depth and psychological complexity to the familiar events of David's life--his slaying of the giant Goliath and his swift challenge to the weak rule of Saul, the first Jewish king; his tragic relationship with Saul's son Jonathan, David's cherished friend (and possibly lover); his celebrated reign in Jerusalem, where his dynasty would hold sway for generations. Yet for all his greatness, David was also a man in thrall to his passions--a voracious lover who secured the favors of his beautiful mistress Bathsheba by secretly arranging the death of her innocent husband; a merciless warrior who triumphed through cruelty; a troubled father who failed to protect his daughter from rape and whose beloved son Absalom rose against him in armed insurrection. Weaving together biblical texts with centuries of interpretation and commentary, Jonathan Kirsch brings King David to life in these pages with extraordinary freshness, intimacy, and vividness of detail. At the center of this inspiring narrative stands a hero of flesh and blood--not the cartoon giant-slayer of sermons and Sunday school stories or the immaculate ruler of legend and art but a magnetic, disturbingly familiar man--a man as vibrant and compelling today as he has been for millennia.

The Book of Psalms  A Translation with Commentary Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

The Book of Psalms A Translation with Commentary


  • Author : Robert Alter
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2009-10-19
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393337044

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The Book of Psalms A Translation with Commentary Excerpt :

A commentated new translation of the Book of Psalms seeks to preserve and convey its powerful message and musical rhythms while lending insight into the text's obscurities, in a volume by the acclaimed translator of the Five Books of Moses. 30,000 first printing.