THE WISDOM BOOKS
Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes: a Translation with Commentary

ROBERT ALTER
560pp 2010 LIST PRICE: £25.00 P630

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This new translation of and commentary on the Hebrew Bible holds 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 serene fatalism that construes life as ephemeral and without purpose suffuses Ecclesiastes with a quiet beauty. The pithy maxims of Proverbs impart a worldly wisdom that is still sound and satirically shrewd. In Alter’s translation they regain the force of the original, enhancing their relevance to the lives of modern readers.
Alter’s translations are . . . one of the crowning literary achievements of the present era. CATHOLIC HERALD