Behind the Name


The contributions featured on this website are inspired by the manner in which the Christian and Jewish scriptures pair superabundance with precision. As Robert Alter puts it, biblical texts show ‘a nuanced precision beyond the reach of ordinary usage.’ While accuracy is vital, however, it does not alone constitute literary style. Alter continues that the Bible simultaneously displays ‘a repeated delight in the sheer shaping of its materials, which is in fine excess of the occasion of communication.’


© David Robinson, 2018