Pathways Through the Bible

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"The Jewish Publication Society first published Pathways Through the Bible in 1946 to much acclaim. The original book featured selections from the 1917 translation of the JPS Tanakh, bridged by narrative summaries written by Rabbi Cohen. It became a standard young adult and adult education text for teaching the Bible." "Rabbi David Stein has revised this great classic by replacing the 1917 JPS translation with the 1985 translation and updating Cohen's prose into a modern, gender-sensitive idiom that reflects the sense and sensibilities of our own ...
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Overview

"The Jewish Publication Society first published Pathways Through the Bible in 1946 to much acclaim. The original book featured selections from the 1917 translation of the JPS Tanakh, bridged by narrative summaries written by Rabbi Cohen. It became a standard young adult and adult education text for teaching the Bible." "Rabbi David Stein has revised this great classic by replacing the 1917 JPS translation with the 1985 translation and updating Cohen's prose into a modern, gender-sensitive idiom that reflects the sense and sensibilities of our own time." This new edition shares the same essential features as the original, especially the core principle that Pathways Through the Bible, in Cohen's words, "is not intended to replace The Holy Scriptures ... it is rather to be regarded as preparatory to the reading of the Bible itself ... Its purpose is to open for you pathways into the magic realm of the greatest literature ever written."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827607347
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Bible Titles Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 2002 Edition
Foreword to the Original Edition
Your Bible
The Torah (Teaching)
Genesis
1 Creating a Good World 5
2 Evil Enters the Good World 8
3 The Cleansing Flood 12
4 The Tower of Babel 17
5 Abraham - Founder of a People 18
6 Twin Cities of Sin 23
7 Abraham's Supreme Test 27
8 Isaac and Rebekah 30
9 Jacob Obtains the Covenant 35
10 The New Name - "Israel" 40
11 Joseph in Egypt 46
Exodus
1 Moses - The Liberator 64
2 Pharaoh Versus God 69
3 Pesah - The Festival of Freedom 72
4 God Triumphs over Pharaoh 75
5 Starting the Long Journey 78
6 The Covenant at Mount Sinai 82
7 The Tabernacle - God's Palace 88
Leviticus
1 Priest and Levite 92
2 Feast and Fast 94
3 Holiness - The Golden Heart 97
4 Neighbors 100
5 Laws of Purity 103
6 National Problems 105
7 Idolatry - The Gravest of All Sins 110
8 Rewards and Punishments 111
Numbers
1 Journey's Beginning 114
2 The Challenges of Leadership 116
3 Crisis and Decision 119
4 Korah's Rebellion 122
5 The Sin of Moses 125
6 Israel Meets Hostile Nations 127
7 Balaam Blesses the New Israel 130
8 The Five Sisters' Query 135
9 Joshua - The Next Leader 136
Deuteronomy
1 First Oration: Obedience to the Covenant 138
2 Second Oration: Love - The Spirit of the Covenant 140
3 Third Oration: The Rewards of the Covenant 142
4 The Song of Moses 145
5 The Unknown Grave 147
The Prophets
Joshua
1 Joshua Takes Command 153
2 The Two Spies 154
3 Jericho and Ai Captured 156
4 The Crafty Gibeonites 159
5 Division of the Land 161
6 Joshua's Farewell Address 163
Judges
1 Disloyalty - Punishment - Peace 166
2 Deborah - Mother in Israel 168
3 Gideon - The Man Who Refused to Be King 172
4 Abimelech - The Man Who Wanted to Be King 176
5 Samson - A Brave Man Who Used His Strength Foolishly 178
Ruth
1 Ruth's Loyalty 187
2 The Meeting of Ruth and Boaz 189
3 Ruth's Marriage to Boaz 192
Samuel
1 The Birth of Samuel 197
2 Israel's Ruthless Enemy - The Philistines 201
3 Saul - First King of Israel 204
4 Saul - The Rejected 208
5 David - The Shepherd Boy 212
6 Saul and David 216
7 David - Refugee from Saul 221
8 The Death of Saul and Jonathan 226
9 From Shepherd Boy to King 230
10 Jerusalem - The City of God 233
11 Nathan - The People's Conscience 235
12 "Absalom, My Son! My Son!" 238
Kings
1 Solomon Ascends the Throne 248
2 "A Wise and Understanding Mind" 250
3 Solomon Builds the Temple 252
4 Splendor, Fame - and Trouble 255
5 The House Is Divided 258
6 Elijah - The Prophet 261
7 Elijah Confronts an Abuse of Power 267
8 Elisha - One Who Loved His Fellowmen 272
9 Elisha Destroys the House of Omri 277
10 Athaliah - The Bloody Queen 280
11 The Kingdom of Israel Ends 282
12 Hezekiah the Good King: The Prophet Micah 284
13 King Josiah - Restorer of the Covenant: The Prophets Zephaniah and Nahum 288
14 Zedekiah - Last King of Judah 293
Amos
1 The Prophet of Doom 300
2 God Against Israel 302
3 Wicked Samaria 303
4 The God of Justice 306
5 The Priest Expels the Prophet 308
6 Amos's Final Hope 309
Hosea
1 Fruits of Unfaithfulness 314
2 The God of Love 316
3 The New Betrothal 317
Isaiah
1 Isaiah's Vision - The God of Holiness 322
2 God's Vineyard: A Parable 324
3 Vintage of Wild Grapes 326
4 Not Sacrifice So Much as Holiness 329
5 "Be Firm and Be Calm!" 331
6 "The End of Days" 333
Isaiah of the Exile
1 "Speak Tenderly to Jerusalem" 337
2 Cyrus - God's Shepherd 340
3 "The Servant of God" 342
4 God of the Whole World 344
Jeremiah
1 The Prophet's Call 352
2 Evils That Destroy Within 355
3 "The Temple Shall Become Like Shiloh!" 358
4 The Burning of the Book 361
5 Jeremiah's Letter 364
6 Jeremiah's Act of Faith 366
7 The God of the Inner Spirit 368
Ezekiel
1 The God of Power 374
2 Each One Is Responsible 377
3 For God's Own Honor 379
4 The Valley of Dry Bones 381
Jonah
1 Jonah's Flight 385
2 Jonah's Second Chance 387
3 The Depressed Prophet 389
The Writings
Psalms
Sweet Singer in Israel 395
On Nature and Humans' Place in It 399
On Our Pilgrimage Through Life 404
On Israel and Zion 410
Proverbs
1 Invitation to Wisdom 417
2 The Art of Living Together 420
3 Sharing the Burdens 423
4 The Good Citizen 425
5 What Delights God 427
Job
1 Job's Complaint 434
2 Eliphaz and Job 435
3 Bildad and Job 437
4 Zophar and Job 439
5 Elihu the Bystander 442
6 God's Voice Speaks 444
The Song of Songs
1 Love in Springtime 449
2 In Praise of the Bride 450
3 In Praise of the Bridegroom 452
4 The Lovers Reunited 454
Lamentations
1 Desolation and Misery 456
2 God's Consolations 459
Ecclesiastes
1 Nothing New Beneath the Sun 463
2 A Ruler's Search for Happiness 464
3 The Advice of the Sage 467
Esther
1 The Emperor's Banquet 473
2 Haman Schemes Revenge 475
3 Queen Esther Before Ahasuerus 478
4 The Jews' Triumph 481
Daniel
1 Four Courageous Jewish Youths 485
2 Nebuchadnezzar's Dream 487
3 In the Fiery Furnace 490
4 The Handwriting on the Wall 493
5 Daniel's Final Faithfulness 496
Ezra-Nehemiah
1 The Pioneers: The Prophets Haggai and Zechariah 501
2 Ezra the Religious Leader: The Prophet Malachi 505
3 Nehemiah the Nation-Builder 508
4 Nehemiah's Great Reforms 511
5 The Torah as the Constitution 513
Along the Pathways 515
About Mortimer J. Cohen 517
About Arthur Szyk 519
Editor's Note to the 2002 Edition 521
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