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JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh Imitation Leather – January 1, 2001
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I already have several other Tanakhs, including the hardcover English only edition of the JPS Tanakh. However, while I was away from home, I was reading a book on theology which required both a Jewish Bible and a Christian Bible for cross referencing. Wanting the Jewish Bible to be a translation done under Jewish auspices, rather than a Christian "Old Testament," I treated myself to this edition. As in the English only version, the text is footnoted with commentary. The footnotes are often cryptic, sometimes clarifying obscure or alternate meanings in the translation.Read more ›
For a more durable bilingual Tanakh, and one with a much more interesting English translation, readers might take a look at the Artscroll Stone Edition Tanach (ISBN: 0899062695) which is also available at Amazon and is the edition I now wish that I had bought.
Too many publishers today are putting cheap glued paperbacks between cardboard covers, pretending that they are real books, and selling them at inflated prices. Hence the single star.
If you really study Bible you do or will come to realize this, and will never be satisfied with just the vernacular. The English (our vernacular language) is just an attempt to convey the meaning of the Hebrew. So it makes sense to have both, side by side.
There are a number of Bibles that include both, Christian and Judaic products, most notably one of my favorites the Koren Jerusalem Bible.
But here is what you need for a useful tool after you have both Hebrew and English:
*The Hebrew Text should include as much of the Masoretic structure and features as possible (can't go into "Masoretic" here). DOn't expect it to include the Masoretic notation (Mp, Mm)[You'll need a BHS, Aleppo, Leningrad MS in Hebrew for this type of thing and Okla v'Okla]. But it MUST have the parshas (weekly readings for the Torah all Jews worldwide read together). Included in the Masoretic Text are some interesting features like enlarged letters, text written with spaces to appear like stacked brick (song of the Sea Shemot/Exodus 15) for example. There's too many beauties of the Hebrew to describe---but make sure yours get in as many of them as possible!!!!
*Typeface is very important. You are used to English and your mind can "recontruct" words in a bad English font. But Hebrew is a different matter.Read more ›
Having learned to savor Greek in Harvard's beautifully bound and highly servicable Loeb Classical Library editions, I am ecstatic to find a parallel Hebrew/English Tanakh to serve as my temporary crutch as I study the Hebrew. I say temporary, because I am anxious to pursue my lifetime studies of the Bible in the original Hebrew, as fast as I am able. (At that point I intend to abandon this lovely little crutch and rely solely thereafter on the definitive "Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia.")
This edition is not only well bound and a joy to hold, but the Hebrew font is large and easily read. I am also pleased to see the poetical lines formatted as such -- much of the Bible text is, after all, a glorious Song.
I say, do not be satisfied with a "strong impersonation", but let the Tanakh speak for itself.
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Great Bible, just what I wanted. I'm not entirely big on the masoretic due to them having added to His word (Hebrew has no vowel points, just check any Israeli news site, they're... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Giancarlos
My favorite way to read the Torah. I bought this version in college a few years ago but I loved it so much that I decided I wanted a 2nd copy. I'm glad I did :)Published 4 months ago by Ashley Tisinger
One of the best translations of the Tanakh. Hold this book up to someone who thinks the King James Version is legitimate and laugh in their face!Published 4 months ago by GreenDoorD503