By Robert Alter
Right here, in Robert Alter’s daring new translation, are the most really good works in global literature. The dazzling poetry within the e-book of task is restored to its strong historical meanings and rhythms. The account of production in its Voice from the Whirlwind is gorgeous and incendiary—an unforgettable problem to where of guy within the universe. The serene fatalism that construes existence as ephemeral and with out function suffuses Ecclesiastes with a quiet good looks. The pithy maxims of Proverbs impart a cosmopolitan knowledge that remains sound and sarcastically shrewd.
Each of those books conveys and undermines the common knowledge that the righteous thrive and the depraved endure in a rational ethical order; jointly they're necessary to the traditional canon that's the Hebrew Bible. In Alter’s translation they regain the strength and strength of the unique, improving their ongoing relevance to the lives of contemporary readers.