The Five Books of Moses: The Schocken Bible, Volume 1

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Widely acclaimed by Bible scholars and theologians of every denomination, Everett Fox's masterful translation re-creates the echoes, allusions, alliterations, and wordplays of the Hebrew original. Together with its extensive commentary and illuminating notes, this unique translation draws the reader closer to the authentic living voice of the Bible.

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Widely acclaimed by Bible scholars and theologians of every denomination, Everett Fox's masterful translation re-creates the echoes, allusions, alliterations, and wordplays of the Hebrew original. Together with its extensive commentary and illuminating notes, this unique translation draws the reader closer to the authentic living voice of the Bible.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A binding religious text, a historical document of the first importance, and a work of great literary imagination." —Edward Hirsch, New York Times Book Review

"Fox's translation has the rare virtue of making constantly visible in English the Hebraic quality of the original, challenging preconceptions of what the Bible is really like. A bracing protest against the bland modernity of all the recent English versions of the Bible." —Robert Alter, professor of comparative literature, University of California, Berkeley

"No serious Bible reader—whether Jewish, Christian, or secular—can afford to ignore this volume." —Jon D. Levenson, Harvard Divinity School

Library Journal
Based on the Buber-Rosenzweig translation of the Hebrew Bible, completed in 1960, Fox's new rendering of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy is a breathtaking translation that captures the beautiful, majestic, and dynamic character of biblical Hebrew. In his translation, Fox (Jewish studies, Clark Univ.) lovingly caresses the language of the Bible so that readers may listen to it as it was heard and read by its earliest Jewish audience. Listen, for example, to his rendering of Exodus 3:14, the encounter between God and Moses: "God said to Moshe:/Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh/I will be-there howsoever I will be there." Fox provides keen and insightful notes and commentary, and the introductions to each book are crisp and fresh. The Five Books of Moses demonstrates the living character of scripture in the modern world. An essential purchase for all libraries.-Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Westerville P.L., Ohio
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This translation of the Five Books of Moses -- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy -- contains extensive commentary and illuminating notes that draw the reader closer to the authentic meanings of the Old Testament essential to understanding fully one's relationship with God. While other English translations lose layers of meanings in their "modernization" of the language of the Bible, this new translation re-creates all the allusions, alliterations, word-plays, rhythms, and nuances of the Hebrew original -- allowing one to experience the real spiritual power of the Bible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805211191
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Schocken Bible Series
  • Pages: 1056
  • Sales rank: 459,592
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Everett Fox holds the Allen M. Glick Chair in Judaic and Biblical Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is also the translator of Give Us a King!, a new translation of Samuel I and II.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
On the Name of God and Its Translation
Guide to the Pronunciation of Hebrew Names
To Aid the Reader of Genesis and Exodus
On the Book of Genesis and Its Structure 3
Pt. I The Primeval History 9
Pt. II Avraham 53
Pt. III Yaakov 111
Pt. IV Yosef 173
On the Book of Exodus and Its Structure 241
Pt. I The Deliverance Narrative 249
Pt. II In the Wilderness 341
Pt. III The Meeting and Covenant at Sinai 359
Pt. IV The Instructions for the Dwelling and the Cult 393
Pt. V The Covenant Broken and Restored 437
Pt. VI The Building of the Dwelling 461
Appendix: Schematic Floor Plan of the Dwelling 491
To Aid the Reader of Leviticus-Numbers-Deuteronomy 493
On Translating Leviticus 497
On the Book of Leviticus and Its Structure 498
Pt. I The Cult and the Priesthood 505
Pt. II Ritual Pollution and Purification 553
Pt. III Holiness 593
An Appended Chapter 640
On the Book of Numbers and Its Structure 647
Pt. I The Wilderness Camp 653
Pt. II The Rebellion Narratives 709
Pt. III The Preparations for Conquest 787
On the Book of Deuteronomy and Its Structure 841
Pt. I Historical Review 847
Pt. II Opening Exhortation 873
Pt. III The Terms of the Covenant 903
Pt. IV Concluding Exhortation 985
Pt. V Final Matters 995
Suggestions for Further Reading 1015
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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    An excellent choice regardless of religious affiliation

    Because the translator, Professor Fox, explains exactly what the nuances of the Hebrew text imply as well as literally say, the meaning of the scripture becomes more understandable and meaningful. This is especially true if your knowledge of Hebrew texts is limited or non-existent. When you read this translation, along with another text e.g. the King James Bible or the JPS Tenach, you will note the disparities in translation and the subtle meanings that are lost without Prof. Fox details. For me, this is an wonderful addition to my library and I wholeheartedly recommend it to others.

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