The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A by Robert Alter

By Robert Alter

A very good new quantity in Robert Alter’s award-winning, landmark translation of and remark at the Hebrew Bible.

Here, in Robert Alter’s daring new translation, are one of the most extraordinary works in international literature. The brilliant poetry within the e-book of task is restored to its strong historic meanings and rhythms. The account of construction 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 objective suffuses Ecclesiastes with a quiet attractiveness. The pithy maxims of Proverbs impart a cosmopolitan knowledge that remains sound and mockingly shrewd.

Each of those books conveys and undermines the common knowledge that the righteous thrive and the depraved undergo 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.

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16. stillborn…babes who never saw light. Here the poem refers directly back to the idea of dying at birth in verse 11. buried stillborn. Many render tamun as “hidden,” which is what the word means in earlier biblical Hebrew, but the term in this Late Biblical text, as the context makes clear, has traveled toward the sense of “buried” that it has in rabbinic Hebrew. 17. There the wicked. The catalogue of human types (wicked, weary, prisoners, slaves, taskmaster) reveals a vision of life that involves hierarchies of domination and acts of exploitation.

Wisdom writing continued toward the end of the biblical period in some of the texts included in the Apocrypha, and signs of the Wisdom tradition are still detectable in rabbinic literature in the early centuries of the Christian era. It should also be said that Wisdom literature surfaces from time to time in other books of the Bible. Several psalms in the canonical collection have been persuasively identified as Wisdom psalms: among the clearcut examples are Psalm 1, Psalm 19, and Psalm 119. Many scholars have contended that there are Wisdom motifs in the Joseph story in Genesis.

Y. com W. W. Norton & Company Ltd. Castle House, 75/76 Wells Street, London W1T 3QT for RON HENDEL treasured colleague and delightful friend CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction JOB Introduction The Book of Job Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Chapter 30 Chapter 31 Chapter 32 Chapter 33 Chapter 34 Chapter 35 Chapter 36 Chapter 37 Chapter 38 Chapter 39 Chapter 40 Chapter 41 Chapter 42 PROVERBS Introduction The Book of Proverbs Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Chapter 26 Chapter 27 Chapter 28 Chapter 29 Chapter 30 Chapter 31 QOHELET (Ecclesiastes) Introduction The Book of Qohelet Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 For Further Reading ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Most of the manuscript was prepared by Janet Livingstone, who as in the past did an admirable job in bringing electronic order out of my handwritten chaos.

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