The Necessary Bad Faith in Reading the Bible as Literature
For those who can’t say “I will obey,” but won’t say “I refuse to obey,” what other choice is there?
February 25, 2019 | Hillel Halkin
About the author: Hillel Halkin’s books include Yehuda Halevi, Across the Sabbath River, Melisande: What are Dreams? (a novel), Jabotinsky: A Life (2014), and, most recently, After One-Hundred-and-Twenty(Princeton).
This is a response to How to Judge Robert Alter's Landmark Translation of the Hebrew Bible, originally published in Mosaic in February 2019
I thank Jon Levenson and Leonard Greenspoon for their kind responses to my essay on Robert Alter’s translation of the Hebrew Bible. I’ll address their pieces in the reverse order of their appearance in Mosaic.
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