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Heroics Aside, the Story of Purim Is the Bible’s Greatest Farce

The Book of Esther doesn’t mention God. Robert Alter’s new translation shows that’s just one way the biblical text is unique.

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A Philosophically Funny New Pop Musical Asks, What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Rising songwriter Gaby Alter brings ‘Nobody Loves You,’ about love, ontology, and reality TV, to an off-Broadway debut

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Robert Alter Wants Us To Think More Seriously About the Bible as Literature

The scholar, critic, and masterful translator remains dedicated to uncovering the full subtlety and intelligence of the stories in sacred texts

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Today on Tablet

Taking a stand on the Armenian genocide, and more

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Counter-Revelations

In his subtle translations of the Bible’s Wisdom Books—Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job—Robert Alter highlights the canon’s subversive side

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Academic Question

San Francisco’s Federation puts new restrictions on its grants, worrying Bay Area Jewish-studies profs

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On the Bookshelf

Irène Némirovsky’s Paris

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Today on Tablet

Pro-Jewish populism, the Biblical American canon, and more

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Heirs to the Throne

In a new book, Robert Alter examines the debt American literature owes to the King James Bible

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A Graphic Take on ‘Genesis’

From Robert Crumb, with a little help from Robert Alter

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The Good of A Bad Man

How Stanley Elkin hit his stride

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Sing a New Song

Robert Alter’s version of Psalms strives to recapture their Hebrew beauty.

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