The Jewish Bible: A JPS Guide

Overview

A clear and concise handbook to the TANAKH

Named one of the “Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books You Should Know About” by the Association of American University Presses.

This new volume in the acclaimed JPS Guides series is an invaluable companion to the Jewish Bible, providing readers with ready access to important facts and Bible basics: how the Bible became the “Bible”; its origins, content, and organization distinctions ...

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Overview

A clear and concise handbook to the TANAKH

Named one of the “Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books You Should Know About” by the Association of American University Presses.

This new volume in the acclaimed JPS Guides series is an invaluable companion to the Jewish Bible, providing readers with ready access to important facts and Bible basics: how the Bible became the “Bible”; its origins, content, and organization distinctions between the Jewish Bible (the TANAKH) and Christian Bibles a short history of Bible translations, and how they differ Bible commentaries storytelling, poetry, law, prophecy, and Wisdom literature popular methods of Bible study finding meaning through midrash. In addition, there are summaries of all the biblical books; dozens of text boxes; an extensive glossary of Bible terms, places, and people; maps, charts, and tables; and large foldout timelines and family trees—all in color.

Contributions are by leading Bible scholars and educators: Marc Zvi Brettler, Joyce Eisenberg, Michael Fishbane, Michael V. Fox, Leonard Greenspoon, Jill Hammer, Stuart Kelman, Adriane Leveen, David Mandel, Lionel Moses, Shalom Paul, Benjamin Edidin Scolnic, Ellen Scolnic, David E. S. Stein, Barry Dov Walfish, and Andrea Weiss.

 

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Editorial Reviews

Society of Biblical Literature
“On the whole, the most interesting and helpful aspect of the book is precisely what is stated as its main objective: the book is written from a scholarly point of view, yet it is not burdensome. In today’s parlance, it can be said to be user friendly. Beginning students of the Bible will find here a useful and informative tool. For that reason, this book will be a welcome addition to the libraries of synagogues, yeshivas, colleges, and churches, as well as to the library of any layperson who always wanted to know more about the Hebrew Bible but felt daunted by its complexity.”—Society of Biblical Literature

 

Jewish Book World
“An excellent text for adult study groups and high school students beginning their study into the mysteries and wisdom of the Jewish Bible.”—Jewish Book World

 

The Reporter
“A great reference work for beginners and more advanced students . . . Anyone interested in Bible study should find something of interest in this excellent guide.”—The Reporter
AJL Newsletter
“Anyone embarking on a voyage through the Bible needs a guide . . . The Jewish Publication Society has produced a concise guide that will help anyone engaged in Bible study.”—AJL Newsletter

 

The Reporter

“A great reference work for beginners and more advanced students . . . Anyone interested in Bible study should find something of interest in this excellent guide.”—The Reporter

Jewish Book World

“An excellent text for adult study groups and high school students beginning their study into the mysteries and wisdom of the Jewish Bible.”—Jewish Book World

 

Society of Biblical Literature

“On the whole, the most interesting and helpful aspect of the book is precisely what is stated as its main objective: the book is written from a scholarly point of view, yet it is not burdensome. In today’s parlance, it can be said to be user friendly. Beginning students of the Bible will find here a useful and informative tool. For that reason, this book will be a welcome addition to the libraries of synagogues, yeshivas, colleges, and churches, as well as to the library of any layperson who always wanted to know more about the Hebrew Bible but felt daunted by its complexity.”—Society of Biblical Literature

 

AJL Newsletter

“Anyone embarking on a voyage through the Bible needs a guide . . . The Jewish Publication Society has produced a concise guide that will help anyone engaged in Bible study.”—AJL Newsletter

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827608511
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Series: JPS Guides
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 478,341
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

What Is the Bible? 1

How the Bible Became "the Bible" 13

The Origins of the Hebrew Bible Text 19

The Torah Scroll 25

Public Reading of the Torah 29

A Short History of Bible Translations 33

The Matter of Gender in the JPS Torah Translation 51

Storytelling in the Bible 57

Biblical Law 69

Biblical Poetry 77

The Books of the Prophets 91

Wisdom Literature 97

Methods of Bible Study 107

Commentaries on the Bible 121

Midrash 153

Summaries of the Books of the Bible 169

Glossary 217

Family Tree of the Torah 246

Weights and Measures in the Bible 248

Timeline of Biblical Events 251

Chronology of the Prophets 258

Chronology of the Monarchies 259

Familiar Quotations from the Bible 260

Maps of Biblical Lands 263

A Short List of Recommended Books and Websites 272

Bibliography of Works Cited 277

Contributors 280

Index 282

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