Robert Alter's translation of the Hebrew Bible, the magnificent capstone to a lifetime of distinguished scholarly work, has won the PEN Center Literary Award for Translation. His 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.
Winner — Northern California Book Award, 2008
Winner — PEN Center USA Literary Award for Translation, 2005
Winner — New York Times Notable Selection, 2004
Books by Robert Alter
Strong As Death Is Love: The Song of Songs, Ruth, Esther, Jonah, and Daniel, A Translation with Commentary
Paperback, 2016An award-winning translation brings new immediacy to these beloved books of the Bible. Read them for the first time, again.
Three Volume Set, Hardcover, 2018A landmark event: the complete Hebrew Bible in the award-winning translation that delivers the stunning literary power of the original.