How a Literature Professor Found Himself Translating the Entire Bible From Scratch

‘I kind of fell into it,’ says Robert Alter of his decades-long project of retranslating the Bible, ensuing from a request to write ‘about Genesis or Kafka’

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When John Wycliffe set out to create the first English translation of the Bible back in the 14th century, he did so with a sense of mission: a belief that he needed to bring the word of God to the masses. Not...