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Robert Alter's Translation of the Hebrew Bible


Peter C Smythe

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Author: Robert Alter

Book: Hebrew Bible

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company

 

I just finished reading Alter's The Art of Bible Translation and it was brilliant. I would use his OT translation as my go-to translation if it were part of Accordance. 

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When last discussed, it was discovered that the publisher does not grant electronic rights to the title.

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Having engaged with Alter's translation of the Psalms, I can second the criticism of the review article, especially this sentence: "Alter frequently apprises his readers of facts drawn from historical and philological scholarship, but he often misleads with misinformation." The annotations on his Psalms translation are rife with historical-critical errors and philological missteps. That's not to say that it's all bad. I still consult his translation, and even error can stimulate thought; however, I usually consult it as a counterpoint to better scholarship and more reliable translations. If Accordance can't get Alter's translation and notes because of the publisher, it is no great loss.

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