Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Save: $19.02 (25%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The JPS Torah Commentary:... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ships direct from Amazon! Qualifies for Prime Shipping and FREE standard shipping for orders over $25. Overnight and 2 day shipping available!
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $28.02
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus Hardcover – 1991

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$55.98
$47.25 $51.06

Top 20 lists in Books
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
$55.98 FREE Shipping. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus
  • +
  • JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis
  • +
  • The JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy
Total price: $162.93
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This is the fourth volume in the acclaimed "Jewish Publication Society Torah Commentary" series. Volumes on the books of Genesis and Leviticus were published in 1989, and Numbers in 1990. Following the format of the earlier books, this new work presents the traditional masoretic Hebrew text and the new JPS English translation, along with a masterful commentary by eminent scholar Sarna. Drawing upon classical and modern sources, Sarna's exegesis and historical and philological interpretations are scholarly yet quite accessible to nonspecialist readers. Included are an introduction, six excurses on problematic subjects, a glossary, and notes. Sarna eschews any attempt to discuss the provenance of the Exodus text, although he does state that he considers Exodus a work of historiosophy (a document of faith) rather than a work of historiography. Like its predecessors, this beautifully formatted book will greatly help elucidate the text of a seminal book of the Hebrew Bible. Directed primarily to a Jewish audience (clergy, specialists, and general readers), it could also benefit non-Jewish clergy and specialists as well.
- Robert A. Silver, Shaker Heights P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Language Notes

Text: English, Hebrew
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Series: JPS Torah Commentary
  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society; 1st edition (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827603274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827603271
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
The best commentary on exodus that I have ever seen. This work makes use of literary analysis and comparative Semitics; intertextual commentary relating each book to other biblical books, and evidence from modern archaeological discoveries. Yet, it is also based on traditional rabbinic commentary! While accessible to lay people, it is based on the the highest standards of critical historical scholarship.
Comment 18 of 20 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
The biblical book Genesis is of course the most exciting and thought provoking books of the Pentateuch, the five books of Moses, at least from a literary point of view. But Exodus comes a close second. And Dr. Nahum Sarna enhances the story with his brilliant commentary built from ancient and modern interpretations and his own unique abilities.

Sarna includes an introduction discussing the book's title, which was drawn from the Greek translation of about 250 BCE, the division of the book into forty chapters, an idea taken from Christian Bibles,the three-parts that divide Exodus, the oppression of the Israelites, the exodus from Egypt and slavery, and the events at Sinai. He also discuses when the events occured.

He includes twenty additional short discussions that preface the biblical narratives on subjects such as the birth and youth of Moses, the plagues, the Sinai covenant, and the Tabernacle.

After the detailed well-written commnetary on the Torah verses, Sarna concludes his book with six discussions on subjects such as who were the Hebrews, the meaning of El Shaddai, and ancient near eastern laws and the bible.

An example of Dr. Sarna's commentary is his discussion of the concept of "hardening Pharaoh's heart," which occurs exactly twenty times in Exodus, half attributed to the man's character and half to divine causuality. Sarna explains the phrase, tells why the verses speak of the heart rather than the mind, why half are assigned as God's work, and what the twenty occurrences mean.
Comment 7 of 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nahum Sarna is the kind of commentator we need more of. He combines a thorough command of the issues behind the biblical text with a clear style and much wisdom. His Genesis commentary is one of the best.

The problem with his Exodus commentary is simple: it is too short and inadequately covers some parts of the book. There are hardly any Excurses as compared to the Genesis volume. This book has every sign of having been rushed. Yes, as other commentators said, he is helpful on some issues. But you will find barely any coverage of issues that deserve lengthy treatment.

This goes for the running commentary on some sections. It also goes for the lack of topics that should have been covered in the Excurses (how about an excursus on the number of Israelites, slavery, the place names, etc.?).

I recommend those who want to have a complete JPS Torah library get this volume. But supplement Exodus with other commentaries. My favorite is Umberto Cassuto, but it is out of print.

Derek Leman
Comment 7 of 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Tupper on December 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a whole, the JPS series of commentaries on the first five books of the Bible is excellent. However, of the five, I would say Sarna's efforts are the weakest. The Hebrew text is clear, the JPS translation well laid out, and the commentary extensive. However, if you are hesitating the pay the cost of this book, I would recommend Sarna's paperback, Exploring Exodus. While not nearly as lengthy as this commentary, Sarna's paperback contains most of the ideas that he elucidates in this volume. The same can be said of his JPS commentary on Genesis, which does not add much to his shorter paperback book, Understanding Genesis.
Comment 23 of 30 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I teach an adult Sunday School class in a Methodist Church. We have decided to go through the Bible with an in-depth study. I had discovered the Genesis Commentary by Nahum and thought it was fabulous which is what led me to purchase his Exodus commentary. Thus far, I have only gotten up to chapter 6 and have already been enlightened on a number of issues that have always been puzzling to me. For those unfamiliar with the JPS series - it is designed like a Hebrew book which means it opens the opposite way regular English books do, which takes a little getting used to. The text, In Hebrew, is at the top of the page. Opposite is an English translation. The commentary on the passage is, in English, and typically takes up about 2/3 of each page. It covers quite a lot - it talks about the nuanced meaning of lots of Hebrew words, it compares the text to other ancient texts, discusses various meanings and more. I might not recommend this commentary for someone who is new to the Bible, unless they are the scholarly type, but for someone who has done a bit of study I find this to be an invaluable resource for study. I have been using it, along with Umberto Cassuto's commentary, and find they work together well. I think it has brought me to a whole new understanding of Exodus and I highly recommend it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Like Sarna's Genesis commentary, this book seeks to both discuss traditional Jewish scholarship and to place the Torah in historical and scientific perspective. For example, in discussing the story of the ten plagues of Egypt, Sarna discusses possible natural explanations for the plagues.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus
This item: The JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus
Price: $55.98
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: torah