The Hebrew Bible

A Translation with Commentary

Robert Alter (Author, University of California, Berkeley)


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

A masterpiece of deep learning and fine sensibility, Robert Alter’s translation of the Hebrew Bible, now complete, reanimates one of the formative works of our culture. Capturing its brilliantly compact poetry and finely wrought, purposeful prose, Alter renews the Old Testament as a source of literary power and spiritual inspiration. From the family frictions of Genesis and King David’s flawed humanity to the serene wisdom of Psalms and Job’s incendiary questioning of God’s ways, these magnificent works of world literature resonate with a startling immediacy. Featuring Alter’s generous commentary, which quietly alerts readers to the literary and historical dimensions of the text, this is the definitive edition of the Hebrew Bible.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • December 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-29249-7
  • 7.3 × 10.2 in / 3500 pages
  • Volume(s): Three-Volume Set
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“[Alter’s] achievement is monumental, marked by literary grace and intelligent commentary.” — New York Times Book Review

“[A] truly magnificent translation…beautifully produced.” — Eric Ormsby, Wall Street Journal

“[Alter’s] accomplishment…is almost absurdly impressive. One wants to call it titanic or Olympian or even heroic, but those are the wrong words—pagan words. Alter will have to settle for one of the God-fearing Hebraic terms of praise that stipple his text: ‘righteous’ or ‘strong’ or, simply, ‘wise.’” — Adam Gopnik, New Yorker

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


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