Robert Alter is professor of the Graduate School and emeritus professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary (Norton). He is the recipient of the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Contribution to American Letters, among other awards, and lives in Berkeley, California.
Alter provides a refreshing look into the complex work of translating the Bible. --Publishers Weekly This deeply personal account of the pleasures and challenges of translating the Hebrew Bible into modern English is lively, engaging, and accessible. It will be especially illuminating to readers who have taken for granted that their beloved translations of the Bible are pure and direct vehicles for the unchanging word of God. --David Damrosch, author of What Is World Literature? The Art of Bible Translation is an extraordinary intellectual adventure. Like Robert Alter's translation of the Hebrew Bible itself, this book is a triumph. --Michael Wood, author of On Empson