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The Torah: The Five Books of Moses, the New Translation of the Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text 3rd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0827600151
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  • Hardcover: 394 pages
  • Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society; 3 edition (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827600151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827600157
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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Format: Hardcover
Translating the Hebrew writings commonly and collectively known as the Old Testament is a complex task. Not only is the scholar faced with the absence of written vowels, leading to many uncertain words, but there are also the wide varieties of literary types (histories, poems, narratives, tales, songs, etc.) to not only translate but convey into an intelligible English that preserves the meaning as well as the style of the original. Add to this the intense religious importance of the work to the three major religions on the world and all the feeling that can accompany that and the task is, to put it mildly, heroic. Moreover, some translations are made from the Masoretic text, others from the Septuagint, still others from combinations of the two. While the Septuagint is actually an older version, it is also in Greek. Thus the translator is faced with the choice between Scylla and Charybdis when choosing a source document - the older Greek and thus twice removed, being a Greek translation of an older Hebrew or perhaps even Aramaic text, or the more recent (ninth century B.C.E.) Masoretic text that is at least in Hebrew. Most often the result of all this textual and linguistic juggling is the production of a mere shadow of the original. In the case of the JPS Torah, the result is better than average.
The word choices made by the translators are often, if not conventional, very good. The footnotes are informative and there is an honesty to the work not commonly found when such material is translated, as when the meaning of a Hebrew word is not known, it is declared as unknown. Alternate or conventional variations are also offered if the point is very contentious.
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This is a must for your presonal Jewish library. Easy to read modern English translation. Includes weekly Torah reading divisions along with Chapter and Verse divisions. Well translated with a Jewish perspective.
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I wanted to find an easy to read, large print old testament bible and this one is just that. No fancy gold edges to the pages, no fancy cover, just nice large print in a book size that's easy to hold. The book is reasonably priced and was quickly shipped. I was very satisfied with this transaction. I feel like I was on the receiving end of the Golden Rule, it was done unto me as I would like it done. :-)
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Format: Hardcover
This excellent translation breaks completely away from the "Bible English" epitomised by the King James version. Orlinsky is one of the greatest ever bible translators - he was also involved with two other major translations, the RSV and the NRSV. While it would not be difficult to find a few places where I would have translated differently, on balance this translation is as good as any now available and better than most.
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I now realise that I had never really understood the Five Books of Moses before I read this superb translation. It is written in easy to understand, modern English but unlike say the "Good News" version it brings out the full meaning without oversimplification. Many Christians devalue the Old Testament and imagine that only the New Testament is worth studying. However, to those who think that the Laws of Moses are archaic and outmoded, or who imagine that "Love your neighbour as yourself" is solely a New Testament idea, I say read this and be amazed. The Old Testament God is as close to us and full of love for us as Jesus.
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I grew up Christian or sorts but ended up atheist (what a surprise). I am not an expert on theology but out of sheer interest I decided to read a few religious texts word for word to see what I missed. I heard the JPS translation is where to go for the Hebrew Bible (the JPS translations are often referenced by official Jewish organisations in Israel).

This translation is very easy to understand and not in any way like KJV or similar versions. Nor is this whitewashed in any way when it comes to 'violent' parts.

I would suggest if you can get a larger version to do so. The paperback can be very difficult to hold open when you are not near the middle, especially when you are closer to the end of the text.
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Format: Paperback
This translation is one of the best. I like the size of the Pocket Edition because it is convenient for traveling. The pages are thick and durable and the print is clear.
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Picked this up out of interest - I have never met with a professed
Jew and been able to ask all the stupid goy questions that come with it, so I figured my own research would be a good alternative.
The book itself is hardback, with a rather flimsy paper dust jacket. A thick volume, it has some heft to it. The translation is apparently something of a standard since the early 1960s, and is very coherent. I really like this one - I utterly despise the multitude of differant English translations of the Christian Bible, particularly the King James version (which deviates considerably from the original Hebrew with all the inane thees and thous) but this volume has been highly touted as an honest translation that maintains the flow of the original language. It is written in English only, so if you are looking for a side-by-side in Hebrew, this isn't it.
Highly recommended, even if you just have a passing interest.
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