The Book of Esther doesn’t mention God. Robert Alter’s new translation shows that’s just one way the biblical text is unique.
Rising songwriter Gaby Alter brings ‘Nobody Loves You,’ about love, ontology, and reality TV, to an off-Broadway debut
The scholar, critic, and masterful translator remains dedicated to uncovering the full subtlety and intelligence of the stories in sacred texts
Taking a stand on the Armenian genocide, and more
In his subtle translations of the Bible’s Wisdom Books—Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job—Robert Alter highlights the canon’s subversive side
San Francisco’s Federation puts new restrictions on its grants, worrying Bay Area Jewish-studies profs
Irène Némirovsky’s Paris
Pro-Jewish populism, the Biblical American canon, and more
In a new book, Robert Alter examines the debt American literature owes to the King James Bible
From Robert Crumb, with a little help from Robert Alter
How Stanley Elkin hit his stride
Robert Alter’s version of Psalms strives to recapture their Hebrew beauty.