Christians and Messianic Jews who are interested in the rich
spiritual traditions of their faith will be thrilled with this brand new
study Bible. The Complete Jewish Study Bible pairs the
updated text of the Complete Jewish Bible translation with extra study
material, to help readers understand and connect with the
Jewish roots of the Christian faith.
The Complete Jewish Bible shows that the word of God, from Genesis to
Revelation, is a unified Jewish book meant for everyone—Jew and non-
Jew alike. Translated by David H. Stern with new, updated introductions
by Rabbi Barry Rubin, it has been a best-seller for over twenty years. This
translation, combined with beautiful, modern design and helpful features,
makes this an exquisite, one-of-a-kind Bible.
Unique to The Complete Jewish Study Bible are a number of helpful articles
and notes to aid the reader in understanding the Jewish context for the
Scriptures, both in the Tanakh (the Old Testament) and the B’rit Hadashah
(the New Testament).
- Twenty-five contributors (both Jewish and Christian), including John
Fischer, Patrice Fischer, Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.,
Rabbi Russell Resnik, and more
- Thirty-four topical articles ranging from topics such as the menorah
(or “candelabra of God”) and repentance (t’shuvah) in the Bible, to Yeshua’s
“Sermon on the Mount” and the Noachide Laws (the laws given
by God to Noah and subsequent generations) and their applicability
- In addition to these topical articles and detailed study notes, there
are twelve tracks or themes running throughout the Bible with 117
articles, covering topics such as Jewish Customs, the Names of God,
Shabbat, and the Torah
- New Bible book introductions, written from a Jewish perspective
- Bottom-of-page notes to help readers understand the deeper meanings
behind the Jewish text
- Sabbath and Holy Day Scripture readings
- Offers the original Hebrew names for people, places, and concepts
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not long after I became a Christian believer, I heard a representative from Jews for Jesus share about the Passover meal and what each part of the meal represents. I found it fascinating. Since then, I have been to a recreation of the Passover meal with explanation of each part and a few more Jews for Jesus events. Each time I have felt my own faith in Christ was enriched. For that reason, I was excited to receive a copy of The Complete Jewish Study Bible. The Complete Jewish Study Bible is absolutely beautiful in many ways. The hardcover is a gorgeous, rich blue with a bit of an old Jewish look to it. From the back of the cover this Bible "pairs the newly updated text of the bestselling Complete Jewish Bible with detailed notes and comprehensive study material to help both Jewish and Christian readers understand and connect with the essence of their faith--God's redemptive plan for his people." During the time I spent reading through this Bible and using it to review, the Jews have celebrated Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This Bible has articles in it that help explain the history of these holidays from the Bible and their meaning then and now. There are also Scripture readings included for all Sabbaths, Festivals, Feasts and fasts. I especially enjoyed that aspect. All in all, there are over 100 articles, categorized into 12 themes that help explain Jewish customs, names of God and more history. The articles are written by over 30 contributors that are both of Jewish and Christian in their backgrounds. Each Bible book in The Complete Jewish Study Bible contains an introduction from a Jewish perspective. I would add that the writing at the start of each chapter has a Jewish look to it which I felt added a richness to the book. The original Hebrew names and pronunciation also add to the study. The study notes at the bottom of the pages are so helpful in understanding Bible history and culture, especially the Jewish part of our history. I would highly recommend this study Bible to any Christian or Jew looking to study both the Bible and the spiritual history of both. I know I have learned many new things in the short time I have had it. I have also felt my faith strengthened as a result. It is beautiful and well done. The print is dark and a nice size to read too. I received The Complete Jewish Study Bible from Hendrickson Bible publisher. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
Stern, David H., and Barry A. Rubin, eds. The Complete Jewish Study Bible: Insights for Jews & Christians: Illuminating the Jewishness of God's Word. Peabody, Mass: Hendrickson Bibles, 2016. 1728 pp. Hardback $49.95. Editors David H. Stern and Barry A. Rubin have given us a unique study Bible that is unlike anything else out on the study Bible market these days. Stern earned a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and is a former professor of economics at UCLA. After coming to faith in Christ in 1975, he set out to learn more about both Judaism as well as Christianity. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, continued to do graduate work at the University of Judaism, and was active in the Messianic Jewish movement. In 1979, Stern immigrated to Israel and currently lives in Jerusalem. He is also known for his translation of the New Testament, The Jewish New Testament, and then of the whole Bible, The Complete Jewish Bible, done in 1998, as well as the companion commentary, The Jewish New Testament Commentary. Rubin is the rabbi of Emmanuel Messianic Jewish Congregation in Clarksville, Maryland which is the oldest extant Messianic congregation in the world. He has earned a Master of Arts in Communications from Ohio University. In 1988, he became director of The Lederer Foundation (now Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources), a sixty-year-old organization in Clarksville, Maryland, and serves on several boards and has been a leader in the Messianic Judaism movement since the 1970s. The Complete Jewish Study Bible (CJSB) is a revision of Stern's previously published Complete Jewish Bible, with notes by over twenty-five scholars, both Christian and Jewish. It seems that its primary purpose is to be a Bible designed to be used by Messianic Jewish congregations. As such, it has many helps with that constituency in mind. The books of the Bible are in the order of the Hebrew Scriptures but it contains three helpful tables of contents, so that someone not familiar with that format can find the book for which they are looking. The various parashoth of the Torah are marked along with appropriate readings from the New Testament. The sacred tetragrammaton is translated as ADONAI in keeping with Jewish tradition for the reverence for the covenantal name of God. In the 270 times that the tetragrammaton occurs with the Hebrew title Adonai, then it is translated as Adonai ELOHIM. In the New Testament, the term kurios (Lord) is usually rendered as ADONAI, if it seems to refer to deity. The translation of the Tanakh is taken from the Masoretic Text with very few textual deviations or emendations. The translation of the New Testament is primarily done from the United Bible Societies 3rd edition. The translation philosophy is self-described in the introduction as tending "toward the dynamically equivalent end of the scale." More than with any other study Bible, it is absolutely imperative for the reader of the CJSB to read the lengthy forty-five-page introduction, in order to better understand the history, translation philosophy, and layout of the work. When one skips this, they can quickly become confused by many aspects of this Bible. The CJSB contains a very helpful introductory summary of rabbinical literature to aid the uninformed reader in understanding the contributions of the Mishnah, the Tosefta and both the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds, as well as other rabbinical writings. Each biblical book
The "Complete Jewish Study Bible: Insights for Jews & Christians" fills a very unique spot as it very clearly presents the Word of God from a Jewish perspective. We do often think of Jesus from a very western perspective, but Jesus was Jewish and lived in a very Jewish culture. This Study Bible has some features that I absolutely love. This is a different translation than most people may be used to. I won't go into the specifics about how it was translated, but at a high level the Complete Jewish New Testament was originally translated in 1989 by Dr. David H. Stern with the Old Testament portion completed in 1998. He did this translation in the attempt to "restore God's Word to its original Jewish context and culture as well as be in easily read modern English." This translation was initially geared toward Messianic Jewish congregations, but Christians can get a lot out of this Study Bible to help understand Scripture from the Jewish perspective that Jesus (Yeshua) would have had. The study notes and articles are written by both Messianic Jews as well as Christian theologians as well. This is a very interesting Bible to have and use as it helps to put the Jewish context back into the Scriptures. It will help to understand more of the culture that existed in the Ancient Near East (A.N.E.) when Scriptures were written. We covered this concept of the need for understanding this culture in our church in our Inductive Bible Study training classes that we did. One note about this translation is that it may take you some time to get used to the fact that they used the names from the traditional Hebrew rather than the Greek names. With that said, after a while, you actually start picking up some (although very limited) Hebrew. Also, you will need to get used to a different sequence of the books of the Old Testament (Tanakh) as well as a different number of books as the Jewish Old Testament combines some books into one. For example 1st and 2nd Samuel are grouped as one book, as are some others such as the Twelve Minor Prophets grouped into one. Outside of some of these things to get used to, I would highly recommend this as an additional translation to have for your Bible studies. I received a copy of this Study Bible in exchange for this review from Hendrickson Publishers and all opinions are my own.