Robert Alter's interview in June 2023 by J.J. Kimche is about the Bible's literary style and its text. Is it just a secular, non religious literature like a novel? Does its literary style support its messages? Listen to Alter in his own words.
Parshat HaShavua Chukat Balak is much easier to read with the context Alter provides in his introductory essays, notes on the parsha and his word for word translations.This is an example of how to read a pasha in larger context of Alter's thinking.
Robert Alter's 28 essay-Introductions to the Bible make it much easier to study his translation. Alter's has a complex point of view on the Bible after a lifetime of scholarship and teaching. The essays complement Alters Parshat HaShavua Notes and his landmark translation.
Robert Alter's many essay Introductions challenge learning by Parshat HaShavua or by chapters. The Introduction to the Book of Exodus explains the Golden Calf, legalism as pageantry, the Tabernacle and the shift in literary style to folkloric vs realism in Genesis.