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Robert Alter

Robert Alter's translation of the Hebrew Bible, the magnificent capstone to a lifetime of distinguished scholarly work, has won the PEN Center Literary Award for Translation. His immense achievements in scholarship ranging from the eighteenth-century European novel to contemporary Hebrew and American literature earned Alter the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.


Books by Robert Alter

  1. Book CoverAncient Israel: The Former Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings: A Translation with Commentary

    Robert Alter’s award-winning translation of the Hebrew Bible continues with the stirring narrative of Israel’s ancient history.More

  2. Book CoverThe Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary

    One of Newsweek’s Best Books of the Year and winner of the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement.More

  3. Book CoverThe David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel

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

  4. Book CoverThe Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary

    "A modern classic....Thrilling and constantly illuminating."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book WorldMore

  5. Book CoverGenesis: Translation and Commentary

    "[Here is] ?the ?Genesis for our generation and beyond."—Robert FaglesMore

  6. Book CoverThe Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary

    A landmark event: the complete Hebrew Bible in the award-winning translation that delivers the stunning literary power of the original.More

  7. Book CoverThe Pleasures of Reading: In an Ideological Age

    “A book that ought to be placed in the hands of any person who shows the slightest interest in serious reading or in hearing a good, practical defense of high culture.” —Wall Street JournalMore

  8. Book CoverStrong As Death Is Love: The Song of Songs, Ruth, Esther, Jonah, and Daniel, A Translation with Commentary

    “A pleasure to read. . . . Alter has given fresh life to some of the most beloved . . . books in our heritage.”—Philadelphia InquirerMore

  9. Book CoverThe Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary

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