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JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh: Pocket Edition Imitation Leather – July 17, 2003
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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.Read more ›
Another thing I have always appreciated about the Jewish Publication Society is the attention to detail and aesthetics in their publications regarding the appearance on the page: Typeface, layout, etc. This edition is no exception. It is compact, printed beautifully on high quality paper and with a durable paper/leather look binding. The Hebrew and English are in parallel columns, line by line, and the type is pleasing to the eye, clear, and easy to read despite its necessarily small point size.
I hope this review has been helpful - I have recommended this translation for years now and was pleased to still find it in various editions today.
Readers should realize that this translation was done for Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Jews. There are citations in this volume with view that this TANAHK was done for the different Jewish movements in English language areas.
The difficutly of doing a translation is obvious. One must realize, at the editors do, that accuracy in biblical translations can be elusive. The editors clearly state what sources they use which in of itself can be a challenge. Readers should not that there are footnotes which carefully explain variations in translation of difficult or obscure passages.
Another important feature is that the editors were honest enough to admit where they were not sure of the Hebrew.
Those who are not familiar should know that the organization of the TANAKH is different than the Christian Old Testament. Yet, Christians can benefit from this book. Those who know Hebrew can compare translations with the Hebrew and decide on the accuracy of translations.
The editors placed a Guide to Hebrew Footnotes at the end of this book. This guide is an important asset of this book in that those who can read Hebrew have a useful tool in understanding the Hebrew. A good companion volume is THE JEWISH STUDY BIBLE which helps the serious reader. This reviewer favorably recommends the JPS HEBREW-ENGLISH TANAKH
Also, I was a bit put off by the bar-code printed in the inner cover.
Other than that, this is a fine translation, the book is well made.
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Well laid out. Good translation.'VERY small print. Hard to read. Pages are very thin.Published 12 days ago by Aussie Reader
This is a Pocket-Size Edition, and yes, the print is small. But, it's NOT blurry or difficult to read, unless one has fairly poor eyesight. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa
It's just the right size for me! Just a little bigger than my hands, imitation leather bound. If your reading Hebrew it's kind of small to read it if you want to look at the vowels... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shaun
Love it!!! The words are the right size!! Mine isn't cut off at the bottom.Published 5 months ago by Ashlynn
This was my first Tanakh, and I really like it. It is paperback, so of course, it's not super sturdy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Austin Henson
Exactly what I was looking for, the complete Hebrew Bible the first 5 Books of Moses (Torah) As well as the other texts. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike
I knew the text that I was getting, I just wanted a pocket version to keep in a briefcase. It was in excellent shape and perfect for my purposes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kup