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The Jewish study Bible : Jewish Publication Society Tanakh translation
Berlin, Adele.
Uniform Title:
Bible. Old Testament. English. Jewish Publication Society. 2004.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 2181 pages, 9 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm
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BS895 .J4 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Now, readers of the Bible who are interested in studying Jewish traditions have a one-volume resource specifically tailored for their needs. The Jewish Study Bible presents the center of gravity of the Scriptures where Jews experience it--in Torah. It offers readers the fruits of variousschools of Jewish traditions of biblical exegesis (rabbinic, medieval, mystical, etc.) and provides them with a wealth of ancillary materials that aid in bringing the ancient text to life. The nearly forty contributors to the work represent the cream of Jewish biblical scholarship from the worldover. No knowledge of Hebrew is required for one to make use of this unique volume. The JSB uses The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation, whose name is an acronym formed from the Hebrew initials of the three sections into which the Hebrew Bible is traditionally divided (Torah, Instruction; Nevi'im, Prophets; and Kethubim, Writings). A committee of esteemed biblicalscholars and rabbis from the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Judaism movements produced this modern translation, which dates from 1985. Anyone interested in acquiring a fuller understanding of the riches of the Bible will profit from reading The Jewish Study Bible.

Author Notes

Michael Fishbane is at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Serious students of Judaism will want to have a copy of this outstanding and surprisingly affordable study Bible, which stands in the tradition of Oxford's great study Bibles. Using the Jewish Publication Society translation, the books of the Jewish canon are presented in their traditional order: Torah (the five books of Moses); Nevi'im (the major and minor prophets); and Kethuvim (the other writings). Leading Jewish scholars introduce each book and offer extensive sidebar commentary, discussing the views of ancient and modern rabbinic scholars. In addition, the volume provides two dozen scholarly essays on different aspects of interpretation: the Bible's use in various periods in Jewish history, in the liturgy, in the Dead Sea Scrolls. There are essays on biblical languages, canonization, textual criticism, philosophical and mystical traditions, and biblical poetry. This landmark volume is at once serious and accessible, and spans the spectrum of Jewish thought. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

This study Bible will guide anyone desiring a fuller understanding of the Bible and its interpretations, as well as of the history of Jewish tradition in general and some of the insights of the Torah in particular. It's a full Bible (the Jewish Publication Society's Tanakh translation), with accessible introductions, annotations, and background and interpretative essays that provide a guide to the meaning of the text, the history of its Jewish interpretation, and the historical contexts in which it was redacted. All its contributors are distinguished scholars from a wide range of academic institutions; they employ state-of-the-art methods of interpretation but are sensitive to classical Jewish interpretations and the place of the Bible in Jewish life. This work contains material about the languages of the Bible, chronologies, tables and charts, full-color and line drawing maps, and a full glossary of technical terms. The index to the entirety of the study materials, keyed by page number, facilitates pursuing particular topics through the full range of the study materials. A much-needed resource, this study Bible will form a core reference work of any library, and circulating copies should be made available for the public. Highly recommended without reservation for all libraries.-David B. Levy, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day Sch., Rockville, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.