The JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy

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The JPS Torah Commentary series guides readers through the words and ideas of the Torah. Each volume is the work of a scholar who stands at the pinnacle of his field. Every page contains the complete traditional Hebrew text, with cantillation notes, the JPS translation of the Holy Scriptures, aliyot breaks, Masoretic notes, and commentary by a distinguished Hebrew Bible scholar, integrating classical and modern sources. Each volume also contains supplementary essays that elaborate upon key words and themes, a ...
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Overview

The JPS Torah Commentary series guides readers through the words and ideas of the Torah. Each volume is the work of a scholar who stands at the pinnacle of his field. Every page contains the complete traditional Hebrew text, with cantillation notes, the JPS translation of the Holy Scriptures, aliyot breaks, Masoretic notes, and commentary by a distinguished Hebrew Bible scholar, integrating classical and modern sources. Each volume also contains supplementary essays that elaborate upon key words and themes, a glossary of commentators and sources, extensive bibliographic notes, and maps.

This long-awaited commentary on the fifth and final book of the Torah marks the brilliant completion to the highly acclaimed series. The JPS Torah Commentary is known as one of the most authoritative and respected commentaries on the Bible and is widely used in Jewish and Christian seminaries.

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Lyle Eslinger
The volume is more than a handful, physically, and left-to-right readers must adjust their habits of book-handling. The English language translation, commentary, and notes are all subordinated to the right-to-left Hebrew original supplied, complete, throughout the commentary....Deuteronomy is identified as the "book of the torah," catalyst of Josiah's reform, composed, at least in part, shortly before the reform of 622 BCE. The literary connections between 2 Kings 22-23 show a real historical link, not literary jury-rigging.
&$151; Society of Biblical Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827603301
  • Publisher: JPS
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: JPS Torah Commentary Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition: Hebrew & English
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 1.94 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    Deuteronomy in Depth

    So far as I am aware, The JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy (Jeffrey Tigay, JPS, 1996) is the most comprehensive and detailed commentary ever published on Deuteronomy in English. It is close to 600 pages, and provides many levels of material. The primary material is the verse-by verse commentary, and I would estimate close to 90% of the verses have commentary. In many, many cases, numerous individual words or phrases have their own commentary, so sometimes 4 or 5 or 6 separate comments appear on a single verse. These sometimes provide connections to other verses, especially outside Deuteronomy, and regularly give the literal reading of idioms that have been translated non-literally, and provide discussion of difficult words. Other verse comments covers small sections of verse, in effect providing comments on a small block of several verses which form part of a larger section. In addition, there are dozens of introductory pieces for sections of law or other themes. For example in Chapter 15, "Remission of Debts (vv. 1-6)" gives a detailed background, presenting comparison to Mesopotamian and Greek practices, references to the topic in other Books in the Bible, and a discussion of what is not included in the text. These commonly allow the author to view the subject as a whole, explain the purpose and structure of the section, give some historical development into later time periods, provide contrast to other legal codes, explain how this section has been converted into Halakha, and introduce the views of classic commentators, such as Josephus or Maimonides. Another section of the book is the collection of 33 Excursuses, covering 100 pages. Some are essays on specific things, such as The Shema and Levirite Marriage. Others are more comprehensive, such as "Historical Geography of Deuteronomy", which collects and identifies all the place names, and "The Concept of War in Deuteronomy". Some are extended analysis on a small section, such as "Improper Intervention in a Fight, (25:11-12)". Next are the footnotes --- close to 100 pages of fine print. Most are on the verse commentaries --- in some cases, more than 100 footnotes on a single chapter's commentary. These provide much more than source citations. There are minority viewpoints, nuances about the translations, punctuation and vocalizations, midrashic treatments, and all manner of side- comments, fine distinctions and exotica. Nor is this the end of the treasures. There is a comprehensive introductory essay, describing its themes, dating the book, setting forth its role in Jewish tradition and more. There is also a fine glossary and 6 maps. Even if you never need such depth, it's worth a look just to marvel at how closely Deuteronomy can be examined.

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