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Redeeming Relevance in the Book of Exodus: Explorations in Text and Meaning Hardcover – March 1, 2010

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Rabbi Francis Nataf has once again provided us with penetrating studies about the reality of human existence in the Torah and the great message and relevance of the Biblical stories in our day-to-day life....In his own unique style, [he] engages us with the words of the Divine text and the great Biblical figures...human beings who try to live in the presence of God. --Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Dean, David Cardozo Academy

Rabbi Francis Nataf is a leading educator who in all his writings has helped us deepen our engagement with the Divine text....His readings are insightful, nuanced, and pregnant with thought-provoking insights on the characters and heroes of the book of Exodus. Rabbi Nataf skillfully deploys a vast command of the exegetical work of the Jewish tradition as well as displays judicious use of the works of modern writers who have enriched our understanding of the Bible. This has been coupled with a close and careful reading of the Biblical text oriented to unlock the existential truths that emerge....I highly recommend this volume to all students of Torah, at all levels. --Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Chair, Departments of Bible and Jewish Thought, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School

Rabbi Nataf has...delivered a most eloquent traditional, yet modern Bible commentary, this time, to the ancient Exodus experience and Passover saga. He clearly defines and expounds upon the God-human communications relationship throughout, demonstrating this as an essential component to our very spiritual, as well as physical existence --Alan Jay Gerber, The Jewish Star (Long Island, NY)

'The second volume of Rabbi Francis Nataf's exploration of the Bible is filled with insights and is a fresh take on an ancient text. Perhaps more than any other text, the reader approaches the Bible with preconceived notions and assumptions carried from childhood, forcing us to read the Bible with decades of baggage. Nataf, on the other hand, does a commendable job of looking at the text anew and reads the text like the Commentators did, without commentaries, a strategy Nataf calls 'an invitation for a very personal involvement' (p. 14)... The bottom line is that Nataf's analysis is impressive and brings something new to Biblical scholarship...' --Aharon E. Wexler, Jewish Bible Quarterly

''The second volume of Rabbi Francis Nataf's exploration of the Bible is filled with insights and is a fresh take on an ancient text. Perhaps more than any other text, the reader approaches the Bible with preconceived notions and assumptions carried from childhood, forcing us to read the Bible with decades of baggage. Nataf, on the other hand, does a commendable job of looking at the text anew and reads the text like the Commentators did, without commentaries, a strategy Nataf calls 'an invitation for a very personal involvement' (p. 14)… The bottom line is that Nataf's analysis is impressive and brings something new to Biblical scholarship….'' ---Aharon E. Wexler, Jewish Bible Quarterly

Rabbi Nataf has…delivered a most eloquent traditional, yet modern Bible commentary, this time, to the ancient Exodus experience and Passover saga. He clearly defines and expounds upon the God-human communications relationship throughout, demonstrating this as an essential component to our very spiritual, as well as physical existence --Alan Jay Gerber, The Jewish Star (Long Island, NY)

About the Author

Rabbi Francis Nataf is the Educational Director of the David Cardozo Academy in Jerusalem and the author of Redeeming Relevance in the Book of Genesis (Urim, 2006). He has also published numerous articles concerning Jewish education, Bible and Jewish thought. Rabbi Nataf was ordained at Yeshiva University and holds degrees in Jewish history and international affairs.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Urim Publications (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9655240371
  • ISBN-13: 978-9655240375
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,053,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By EliAlt on January 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up after reading and enjoying the book on Genesis. It is every bit as interesting. Rabbi Nataf's writing style is still unusually clear and readable without dumbing down or sacrificing the serious material. I loved the patterns he found in the different stories, and within each individual story. This series really shows what the Bible offers a careful reading and open eye.
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