Oh yay, someone else reading this! I peeked through the different sections and the commentary/lectures seem like such a great addition. What drew you to the book?
I wanted to know what the first word was! I'd read Heaney's translation for school, and I knew the controversy of the translation.
Ha, I think that's the first thing I checked... In one sense it's great that there can be so much uncertainty in the word when presumably the interpretation must have been obvious at the time it was written.