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JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh: Pocket Edition Imitation Leather – July 17, 2003
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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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True enough, the print is small, but in adequate light (when not on a moving train or horribly bumpy flight) it is legible and suitable.
For home study, we also recommend the Artscroll Tanach, or, for those not familiar with Hebrew, and/or uncomfortable with its right-to-left format, the "New JPS" Tanakh.
Additionally, for deeper commentary on the Torah, a.k.a. the Five Books of Moses, try the Stone Chumash, also from Artscroll, including larger type, English and Hebrew Edition as well as the Haftarot, Five Megillot and collected classic rabbinical commentaries.
But for travelers, particularly youthful travelers, this volume is excellent.
It is small in terms of width and height, but its thickness make it unusable as a "pocket" book. It would fit nicely into a briefcase without taking up too much room.
The book is printed on good quality paper but the plasticized cardboard cover, once bent to the open position, doesn't want to go easily back to the closed position. Like most paperbacks, it wants to lie flat with the cover sticking straight up in the air.
My vision is 20/20, even though I use cheaters with a light prescription to read fine print. In the case of this version of the Tanakh, I definitely need my cheaters to read the scripture, because the print is very small.
Next time, I think I'll buy a version that's a bit bigger by height and width and not quite so thick and that has bigger print.
My negative comments notwithstanding, it DOES represent good value and is very usable for the purpose for which it was intended.
I favor this edition because it is the smallest Tanakh I have scene. I do not think it is pocket sized (being around 3 inches thick), but it is relatively small, and (for my friends at least) the print (including with the diacritical marks) is readable. Although there are better translations available (NRSV for commentary and scholarly notes; Yung’s Literal translation for the sheer majesty of the Hebrew), I nonetheless like this edition, mainly because it is the only bilingual, yet compact edition I have found.
As a Muslim (who believes that the Holy Quran cannot be fully understood without the Bible), I am proud to own this edition.
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Cons: the Hebrew letters are too small. Might need to read these with bright lighting.Read more