The Wisdom Books


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    The Wisdom Books

    Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes

    Robert Alter

    Norton 2010

    Hardback 419pp 242x164mm

    9780393068122   Product Code: 19829

    'Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her pillars, seven.' Robert Alter's bold new translations of the Hebrew Bible were described by Seamus Heaney as 'immediately readable, immensely learned'; this volume features three contrasting texts, each with an introductory essay and running commentary. Job is a radical subversion of the Wisdom tradition; Proverbs offers pragmatic, wry advice; and Ecclesiastes, with unblinking reflections on life's ephemerality, grimly asks whether wisdom brings any advantage at all.

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