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“Virtually every rabbi and library will want this volume.”—Associated Press
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"This is an extremely well-produced volume, undertaken with sensitivity and meticulous care, and synthesizing scholarly and traditional needs, both in interpretation and layout. In short, it is a welcome and useful study tool that beginning students of Bible will greatly appreciate."—Scott Noegel, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

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  • Leather Bound: 2040 pages
  • Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society; Navy leatherette with gilded edges, navy satin ribbon; padded edition (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827606567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827606562
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.8 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Leather Bound
There are a number of excellent Hebrew-English editions of the Torah but until now I had been unable to find a suitable and concise Hebrew-English edition of the entire Tanakh. This new JPS edition is excellent. The others I have seen either use archaic translation (the old Jerusalem Bible) or are colored by the particular ideologies of their translators and sponsors (the Stone Edition Tanach, which is quite beautiful but whose value as a study bible is limited by its nonliteral translations -- see especially the Shir HaShirim --and because it includes only commentary from a traditional viewpoint). Unfortunately, there's no room for new commentary or annotations (other than technical translation notes, plus the traditional Masoretic notes), but you probably can't expect that in a single volume edition. At some point it would be nice to see, maybe, a 3-volume edition that leaves some room for commentaries from a variety of viewpoints, but for now the 1-volume edition is essential. It will make a good family bible or a convenient resource for study.
Also recommended for alternate viewpoints: Plaut, Torah A Modern Commentary and The Haftarah Commentary; The Stone Edition Chumash and Tanach; Everett Fox, The 5 Books of Moses; Ellen Frankel, The 5 Books of Miriam
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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2003
Format: Leather Bound
JPS' "Hebrew-English Tanakh: The Traditional Hebrew Text And The New JPS Translation" is the best Bible I have seen for the purpose of study. The translation is superior and when in doubt, the Hebrew text is right there, alongside the English, to compare. This edition was recommended to me when I began a two year course on Judaism and Jewish Life sponsored by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
This JPS edition of the Tanakh, composed of the Pentateuch, the Nevi'im (Prophets), and the Kethuvim (Writings), was translated from the original authoritative Hebrew text into the modern idiom of English in three stages, representing the collaboration of academic scholars with rabbis from the three major branches of organized Jewish life in America. The Torah was published in 1962, The Prophets in 1978, and the Writings in 1982. The text preceding the Preface, and the Preface itself, include an excellent history of the Hebrew text.
I have read this edition through, and find it to be a most rewarding experience. The English translation is the closest to the original Hebrew that I have seen. The print is clear and easy to read and the notes are superior. The Hebrew font is large enough to read without eye strain, and includes vowels - which is a plus for me. And the book is beautifully bound. I continue to refer to it almost daily for study purposes and for my own personal edification. I think this is one of the best book purchases I have ever made.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 17, 2001
Format: Leather Bound
I am a 12 year old, who is a Christian and I'm learning Hebrew. When I ordered this book I didn't know if it would have vowels in it or not (some Hebrew has no vowels, only consonants). It is just what I've wanted, vowels and all! The English is in the left column of each page and the Hebrew in columns on the right. This helps me to understand it better because I don't know much Hebrew and I'm fluent in English. I would suggest this Bible (for Christians the Old Testament) for people that are interested in Hebrew. For those who are familiar with the Christian order of books in the Old Testament, this Bible has them in a different order (just so you won't be surprised). I hope you will enjoy this Bible as much as I do.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 27, 2003
Format: Leather Bound
The Tanakh, an edition of the Holy Scriptures of Judaism, put out by the Jewish Publication Society (JPS), now has a dual-language edition (Hebrew and English), which is incredibly useful for scripture study.
The word Tanakh consists of the first letters of the words denoting the three sections of the text: the Torah (the Law), consisting of the first five books; the Nevi'im (the Prophets), which includes major and minor prophets, as well as some of the history books; and the Kethuvim (the Writings), which consists of poetry, wisdom literature, stories and eschatological literature, and some further history books.
The Tanakh is not simply a new translation of the Christian Old Testament. Indeed, most Christian readers would be surprised at the differences inherent in the Tanakh. For one thing, the ordering of the books in the Tanakh is different from the order in the Christian Old Testament. The intent behind the differing order demonstrates one of the key differences in focus of Judaism and Christianity. The ordering of the Old Testament, with the minor prophets, and their call to repentance and future deliverance of the people of Israel by God, is anticipatory of the Messianic age, and hence provide a `run-up' to the New Testament. Obviously, Judaism does not have the same focus toward Jesus. Thus, the conclusion of the Tanakh leads to the return from exile, the restoration of the people of Israel to the land of promise, and the return of the worship of God to the appointed place, the Temple.
Also, the chapter/verse division is somewhat different. This can be seen in side-by-side comparison with other English Bible translations, but also becomes apparent in comparison with other Jewish editions.
'English translations usually list thirty-nine books of the Bible.
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