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The Five Books of Moses: The Schocken Bible, Volume 1
Translation and Commentary by Everett Fox
From The Publisher:
This translation of the Torah is pure poetry, a joy to read. Keeping true to the original rhythms and nuances found within the Hebrew, Everett Fox enables the reader to see the Torah's true message in new and powerful ways. This translation is a stunning achievement to read it is to hear the Bible as if for the first time. While other English translations of the Bible render its language as if it had been written in English, this new translation re-creates the full force of the Bible's original rhetoric and poetry its rhythms, nuances, and stylistic devices allowing the English reader to experience the spiritual and aesthetic power of the Bible's own voice while recovering layers of meaning that are missed entirely in conventional translations.
Everett Fox has devoted twenty-five years to this unique approach to Bible translation. Based on principles developed by Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig, this new English translation restores the poetics of the Hebrew original the echoes, allusions, alliterations, and word-plays that rhetorically underscore its meanig and are intrinsic to a text meant to be read aloud and heard.
Widely praised by Bible scholars and theologians of every denomination, the publication of the first volume of The Schocken Bible is a major religious, scholarly, and literary event. Together with its extensive commentary and illuminating notes, this unique translation draws the reader closer to the authentic living voice of the Bible.
"A binding religious text, a historical document of the first importance, and a work of great literary imagination."
Edward Hirsch, New York Times Book Review
"Fox's translation has the rare virtue of making constantly visible in English the Hebraic quality of the original, challenging preconceptions of what the Bible is really like. A bracing protest against the bland modernity of all the recent English versions of the Bible."
Robert Alter, professor of comparative literature, University of California, Berkeley
"No serious Bible reader--whether Jewish, Christian, or secular--can afford to ignore this volume."
Jon D. Levenson, Harvard Divinity School
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About the Translator
Everett Fox holds the Allen M. Glick Chair in Judaic and Biblical Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is also the translator of Give Us a King!, a new translation of Samuel I and II.
Table of Contents
GENESIS: AT THE BEGINNING
EXODUS: NOW THESE ARE THE NAMES
LEVITICUS: NOW HE CALLED
NUMBERS: IN THE WILDERNESS
DEUTERONOMY: THESE ARE THE WORDS
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