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  • Hardcover: 1080 pages
  • Publisher: Koren Publishers Jerusalem; Slp Blg edition (April 3, 2008)
  • Language: Hebrew
  • ISBN-10: 9653010565
  • ISBN-13: 978-9653010567
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.8 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Maya Walker on August 7, 2010
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I was looking high and low for a Hebrew/English bible, one that maintained the authenticity of the original Hebrew text and also gave me the best english translation that was closest to the text. After taking an online Hebrew class as part of my study of getting more familiar with the hebrew letters, the Rabbi teaching the class recommended this bible as the best that he had found. He had been using this bible for years and that was good enough for me. I love using the bible and am getting more and more familiar with it. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good hebrew/english translation. (Understand that this only represents the tanakh).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By papa on August 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was the book used by me at Seminary, and when my children went to (private, Jewish day) school, this was my go-to resource for their translation. The text is clear and concise. I have always appreciated the true-transliteration of names (opposed to the Anglo-translation). I have purchased three copies for use with my class(es), and have asked students to find the book it possible to a 'should have' reference.

I have recommended the book to my Christian friends who were serious about studying Torah.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ves on August 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
One commenter mentioned 'Another oddity is that this book reads "backwards", in that the spine of the book is on your right hand side instead of your left'. Actually the Hebrew Bible, like most ancient languages, is written right to left, and pages of ALL Hebrew bibles are read right to left. It is English that reads "backwards". This translation should be thought of as an actual Hebrew Bible (and therefore right to left), with an English translation.

The translation is similar to the King James Version. But the translators of the KJV were all members of the Church of England who were instructed to translate the KJV consistent with the theology and ecclesiastical structure of the Church of England, so there are many places where the KJV departs from the Hebrew original to give a Christian spin to their translation. This is not noticed by Christians reading the KJV alone who don't know the difference, but is very obvious and glaring when comparing the original Hebrew text to the KJV translation. This KOREN translation corrects the Christological spin in the KJV English text, that is not in the Hebrew, to reflect the original Hebrew text. So with the Koren translation you get most of the beauty of the JKV text but in a more accurate and faithful to the Hebrew original translation.

People who speak English are aquainted with the Anglicized names of people and places in the Bible, but are mostly unaware that those are not the real Biblical names. There are no places in the Bible named Israel and Jerusalem - the Biblical and modern capital of Yisra'el is Yerushalayim. There is no Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Bible - the Biblical names (using the English alphebet) are Avraham, Yizhaq and Ya'aqov. The KOREN translations uses the actual Hebrew, Biblical names.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ravballek on July 11, 2011
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I really like that it has the Hebrew names of people and places instead of the Anglicized names. It has the weekly and daily readings in the Torah marked in the Hebrew which is a real good aid when reading the weekly portions. The only thing that I do not like about it is that the English font is so small. Otherwise an excellent version to take with you anywhere and the English translation is very accurate as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Olsen VINE VOICE on April 16, 2013
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This is a good resource for study groups, where you have a mixed group of people with varying levels of facility with Hebrew, since it has the Hebrew Masoretic Text and a translation on facing pages it can be followed and discussed easily. The translation is fairly literal, but given textual difficulties, occasionally there are interpretive liberties taken, usually in the direction of eliminating the supernatural or mythological (c.f., the choices in Gen 6:1-8). It does give a sense of the rhythm of the Hebrew and the challenges associated with Hebrew prepositions and subordinate clauses. I prefer it to newer translations that attempt to be inclusive. Some will appreciate the transliterated Hebrew names instead of the common Anglicized names (from the Septuagint Greek transliterations that were according to Alexandrian Hebrew pronunciation). Others will just get confused with the names. There is an appendix that maps the Hebrew transliterations to the common Anglicized names.

I give the review 4 stars because I found the Hebrew font used to be slightly difficult to read because the dalet and resh were nearly indistinguishable. The fonts used by Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and the Jewish Publication Society are easier to read. That said, I do not care for the JPS translation and would choose this Tanakh over JPS unless teaching in a Reform congregation and the BHS is a critical edition and just overwhelms people with the critical apparatus, nor does it contain a translation. For just the Torah, I have also taught successfully with the Silberman Chumash, which includes the Hebrew, Targum Onkelos (Tiberian not Babylonian vocalization), and Rashi with English translation of the Hebrew and Rashi on the facing page.

A final note: Do not confuse this text with the Catholic Jerusalem Bible. This is does not contain the Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testament. It is a Jewish translation of the Jewish Hebrew scriptures.
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