The Book of Job’s Philosophical Poetry

Aug. 16 2018

Should the biblical book of Job be read as literature? To Robert Alter, it must be—since its author couched its famous exploration of theodicy in some of the ancient world’s most sublime poetry. The author even has Job speak in more elegant verse than his friends’ and gives God the most eloquent lines of all. Alter, who recently completed a translation of the entire Hebrew Bible, discusses the form and content of Job, and the experience of rendering it into English, with John J. Miller. (Audio, 34 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)

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More about: Hebrew Bible, Hebrew poetry, Job, Religion & Holidays, Translation

Benjamin Netanyahu Is a Successful Leader, Not a Magician

Sept. 20 2019

Following the inconclusive results of Tuesday’s election, weeks may elapse before a prime minister is chosen, and there is a chance that Benjamin Netanyahu’s political career isn’t over yet. Perusing the headlines about Netanyahu over the past year, Ruthie Blum notes how many have referred to him as a political “magician,” or some variant thereof. But this cliché misses the point:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Election 2019, Israeli politics