I received a copy of “The Jewish Study Bible” for review from Oxford University Press. I first became interested in this amazing book when I signed up for an online course at Harvard. The class is one I found at iTunes U called The Hebrew Scriptures in Judaism and Christianity. Wonderful course. I strongly recommend this ap to anyone wanting to further their education in their spare time. Knowledge is so important. OK, I know back to the book.
I love”The Jewish Study Bible” It is in essence the Old Testament with annotations and historical explanations of the Torah – Nevi’im – Kethuvim. If you really want to understand the Bible from a Jewish perspective this is the perfect book for you. Yes It is the same Old Testament, but it also includes many essays as well as backgrounds of languages, canonization etc… There are also many maps and diagrams included for further study.
Is “The Jewish Study Bible” hard to read? I don’t think so. Now I have taken a few college courses, but am by no means a super scholar. There are some words you might need to get the old dictionary out on. I found that the majority of the book is self explanatory and highly informative.
The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation Torah ” Nevi’im ” KethuvimAdele Berlin (University of Maryland) &
Marc Zvi Brettler (Brandeis University), Editors
Michael Fishbane (Divinity School, University of Chicago), Consulting Editor
Now, readers of the Bible who are interested in studying Jewish traditions have an unparalleled resource specifically tailored for their needs.
The Jewish Study Bible presents the center of gravity of the Scriptures where Jews experience it (i.e., in Torah). It offers readers the fruits of various schools of Jewish traditions of biblical exegesis (rabbinic, medieval, mystical, etc.) and provides them with extensive supplementary materials that aid in bringing the ancient text to life. The nearly forty contributors to the Jewish Study Bible represent the cream of Jewish biblical scholarship from the world over. No knowledge of Hebrew is required for one to make use of this unique volume.
The JSB’s content reflects both contemporary biblical scholarship and the richness of Jewish tradition. Anyone interested in acquiring a fuller understanding of the riches of the Bible will benefit from reading the Jewish Study Bible.
- Section and book introductions that deliver insights into the background, structure, and meaning of the text.
- Running commentary beside the biblical text that provides in-depth theological interpretation of it from the Jewish perspective.
- 24 informative essays on topics that relate to Judaism’s use and interpretation of the Bible through the ages.
- 25 in-text maps and diagrams.
- 6 tables and charts.
- 21-page Glossary of technical terms found in the study notes and commentary.
- 38-page Index to the volume’s study materials.
- 11 pages of authoritative, full-color New Oxford Bible Maps, with index.
About the translation used in The Jewish Study Bible:
A committee of esteemed scholars and rabbis from the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism movements produced the TANAKH translation (1985) for The Jewish Publication Society.
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