In this new translation, critic and author Robert Alter reveals a
of extraordinary depth and complexity. Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, the great flood, and
the covenant with Abraham; the stories that we have held close for their sacredness and
philosophical weight now shine with all their power and beauty. Alter has recovered the
eloquence of the ancient Hebrew and conveys it in striking literary English.
This program features an exclusive interview conducted by Michael
Toms with Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, about the meaning of
Genesis for contemporary spiritual seekers.
"Here is the Genesis for our generation and
beyond." ... Robert Fagles, award-winning
translator of "The Illiad."
"Alter's version of Genesis is extraordinarily sensitive to
the nuances and elasticity of modern English while always attempting to maintain fidelity
to the Hebrew... His achievement is most notable in his rendering of rhetorical speeches,
blessings and curses, monologues and poetic inserts... Alter's translation is a splendid
achievement... Alter brings a freshness, an idiomatic elegance, a precision to his task,
but he has read the text carefully enough not to overreach." ... Boston Book Review