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"Virtually every rabbi and library will want this volume."—Associated Press
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The JPS Hebrew-English TANAKH features the oldest-known, complete Hebrew version of the Holy Scriptures, side-by-side with JPS’ renowned English translation. Its format allows for ease of reading and features an efficient two-column design enables the reader to move quickly from one language to the other, and an organization of text that contemporary readers will find familiar.

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  • Imitation Leather: 2030 pages
  • Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society; 2 Original edition (July 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827607660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827607668
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 96 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 15, 2004
Format: Imitation Leather
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.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. Brubaker on March 8, 2006
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First of all let me say that this is my very favorite translation. Though not the most literal on a word-for-word basis (for that I would recommend the NASB), it is highly readable and faithful to the Hebrew text presenting the meaning in a beautiful and literary style that is unparalleled in my opinion. The JPS version is an absolute pleasure to read.

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.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By James E. Egolf VINE VOICE on April 7, 2006
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The Jewish Publication Society's TANAKH is a good text for any serious Bible reader and scholar. The preface informs the reader how the translators and editors proceded with the redacting of the Hebrew and English. This preface gives the reader a clear guide on this translation.

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
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lydia L. on May 21, 2006
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Lovely, inspiring, and wonderful as it should be. The one problem is the size of the text - about 6pt. Luckily for me I'm young and nearsighted, but I doubt that my mother could read this easily.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on November 11, 2007
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All I suggest is this: If you have a difficult time reading very small text, DO NOT BUY THIS.
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Old lady with bad eyes on December 8, 2007
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Type much too small for mature eyes. If you are price conscious and have good eyes--great deal
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Steele on April 30, 2009
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I'm young, and it still hurts my eyes and gives me a headache trying to read this book. To me the font is way too small to comfortably read without a magnifying glass, and carrying around a magnifying glass would sort of void the whole "pocket tanakh" idea. Also, the publishers made an odd mistake on one of the pages, and there's 2 or three fragments of pages glued together as one page. This doesn't detract from the overall readability because only one page is printed on this glued-together mess, but it is still a little annoying if you have payed for a book that you expect to be free of silly printing mistakes.
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