The Magnes | Programs

Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 5pm

Robert Alter
on his new book
Ancient Israel : The Former Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings: A Translation with Commentary

Robert Alter’s award-winning translation of the Hebrew Bible continues with the stirring narrative of Israel’s ancient history. To read the books of the Former Prophets in this riveting translation is to discover an entertaining amalgam of hair-raising action and high literary achievement. Alter’s immense achievements in scholarship ranging from the eighteenth-century European novel to contemporary Hebrew and American literature earned Alter the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 510.643.2526 •

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