In his enlightening essay on Robert Alter’s new translation of the Hebrew Bible, Hillel Halkin identifies Alter as “a leading advocate of the view, rarely voiced before the mid-20th century, that the Bible needs to be read as great literature and not just for its religious or historical content.” As he goes on immediately to note, Alter has now also “sought to bring this perspective to bear on [the Bible’s] translation.”
What It Means to Read the Bible as Nothing More than Great Literature
Like all of the other methods that have been devised for approaching the Bible, the literary method has its inevitable limitations.
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Watch Mosaic's Dramatic Reading of Isaac Babel’s “Red Cavalry”
Isaac Babel, Jonathan Silver, Ruth R. Wisse, Gary Saul Morson and Natan Sharansky