Found In Translation

Adam Kirsch reviews Robert Alter's translation of The Wisdom Books, "new renderings of the books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastespossibly the most challenging and perplexing works in all of Scripture":

[T]hey are also the Biblical books that speak most directly to the modern, skeptical, secular reader. If the Torah is revelationan ostensibly factual account of God’s actions and commandmentsthe Wisdom Books are a kind of counter-revelation: an emphatically human expression of the impossibility of knowing God or believing in His justice.