Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (The Schocken

Everett Fox, Schwebel (illustrator)

Widely acclaimed by Bible scholars and theologians of every denomination, Everett Fox’s masterful translation re-creates the echoes, allusions, alliterations, and wordplays of the Hebrew original. Together with its extensive commentary and illuminating notes, this unique translation draws the reader closer to the authentic living voice of the Bible.

Based on the Buber-Rosenzweig translation of the Hebrew Bible, completed in 1960, Fox’s new rendering of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy is a breathtaking translation that captures the beautiful, majestic, and dynamic character of biblical Hebrew. In his translation, Fox (Jewish studies, Clark Univ.) lovingly caresses the language of the Bible so that readers may listen to it as it was heard and read by its earliest Jewish audience. Listen, for example, to his rendering of Exodus 3:14, the encounter between God and Moses: “God said to Moshe:/Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh/I will be-there howsoever I will be there.” Fox provides keen and insightful notes and commentary, and the introductions to each book are crisp and fresh. The Five Books of Moses demonstrates the living character of scripture in the modern world. An essential purchase for all libraries.
Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Westerville P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. -This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A binding religious text, a historical document of the first importance, and a work of great literary imagination.” -Edward Hirsch, New York Times Book Review

“Fox’s translation has the rare virtue of making constantly visible in English the Hebraic quality of the original, challenging preconceptions of what the Bible is really like. A bracing protest against the bland modernity of all the recent English versions of the Bible.” -Robert Alter, professor of comparative literature, University of California, Berkeley

“No serious Bible reader-whether Jewish, Christian, or secular-can afford to ignore this volume.” -Jon D. Levenson, Harvard Divinity School

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