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Stringing the Pearls: How to Read The Weekly Torah Portion
     

Stringing the Pearls: How to Read The Weekly Torah Portion

by James S. Diamond
 

James S. Diamond, a consummate teacher of the Bible, provides a clear and simple (but not simplistic) method for reading and understanding the weekly Torah portions. This is a how-to book, not an interpretive one. It is not a commentary on each week’s reading, but rather an “instruction manual” on how each of us can read and interpret for

Overview

James S. Diamond, a consummate teacher of the Bible, provides a clear and simple (but not simplistic) method for reading and understanding the weekly Torah portions. This is a how-to book, not an interpretive one. It is not a commentary on each week’s reading, but rather an “instruction manual” on how each of us can read and interpret for ourselves the 54 Torah portions of the year. Diamond provides a set of structured guidelines to the readings, and then he leads us through one Torah portion from each of the five biblical books to give us examples of how we can continue the “stringing” process on our own. He concludes with a personal guide to recommended Bible commentaries so readers can engage in further study if they choose. Stringing the Pearls is intended for all who would like to reach a greater personal understanding of the Torah, no matter what their biblical knowledge. An invaluable resource for Jewish learners, this book will also be an important tool for rabbis and for Jewish educators.

JPS inadvertently failed to include Section 8 of Part V: Selected Books (following page 206) in James Diamond’s new book Stringing the Pearls. We apologize to our readers for any inconvenience that this has caused.

Editorial Reviews

The Reporter
Serves as an excellent guide for the very beginner (including those who have no knowledge of the Bible), [and] also offers advanced readers the resources to make Bible study more meaningful.—Rabbi Rachel Esserman, The Reporter

— Rabbi Rachel Esserman

The Jewish State

"Diamond has brought together a lifetime of both academic and rabbinical learning to create this guidebook for the Torah."—The Jewish State
Suburban & Wayne

"Stringing the Pearls . . . is intended for all who would like to reach a greater personal understanding of the Torah, no matter what their biblical knowledge."—Suburban & Wayne
The Reporter - Rabbi Rachel Esserman

"Serves as an excellent guide for the very beginner (including those who have no knowledge of the Bible), [and] also offers advanced readers the resources to make Bible study more meaningful."—Rabbi Rachel Esserman, The Reporter
Suburban & Wayne Times

Stringing the Pearls... is intended for all who would like to reach a greater personal understanding of the Torah, no matter what their biblical knowledge.

Rachel Esserman

...serves as an excellent guide for the very beginner (including those who have no knowledge of the Bible), [and] also offers advanced readers the resources to make Bible study more meaningful.
The Reporter

Library Journal

Diamond, who teaches in the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University, has created, in under 250 pages, one of the most accessible and broadly useful books ever published by the Jewish Publication Society. Neither a language manual nor yet another commentary on Hebrew Scripture, Diamond's work is literally a how-to for Torah readers of almost any age and level that addresses what Torah is, how to read (and reread) selected Torah portions, the pluses and minuses of differing critical approaches, and a step-by-step example of a reading of several Torah portions. Diamond's excellent guide includes assessments of different translations of Hebrew Scripture, as well as a useful but not overwhelming bibliography. Highly recommended.


—Graham Christian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780827608689
Publisher:
The Jewish Publication Society
Publication date:
03/17/2008
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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