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The JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot (English and Hebrew Edition) Hardcover – May 2, 2002
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The haftarot are an ancient part of Hebrew liturgy. These supplemental readings are excerpted from the Prophets (Nevi'im) and accompany each weekly Sabbath reading from the Torah as well as readings for special Sabbaths and festivals. Noted Bible scholar Michael Fishbane introduces each haftarah with an outline and discussion of how that passage conveys its meaning, and he follows it with observations on how it relates to the Torah portion or special occasion. Individual comments, citing classical rabbinic as well as modern commentators, highlight ambiguities and difficulties in the Hebrew text, which appears in concert with the JPS translation. The haftarot are also put into biblical context by a separate overview of all prophetic books (except Jonah) that are excerpted in the haftarah cycle.
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“Without a doubt, the finest commentary on the Haftarot I have studied.”—David L. Lieber, President Emeritus and Skovron Distinguished Service Professor of Biblical Literature and Thought, University of Judaism
- Publisher : JEWISH PUBLICATON SOCIETY; Bilingual edition (May 2, 2002)
- Language : English, Hebrew
- Hardcover : 700 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0827606915
- ISBN-13 : 978-0827606913
- Item Weight : 3.38 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.22 x 1.97 x 10.18 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #266,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All this leaves us today with a puzzle every Saturday. What was the connection between the week's haftarah and Torah readings that made the Rabbis choose this week's haftarah? The JPS Commentary on the Haftarot can help.
This is splendid scholarly work by a renowned professor. The JPS Commentary on the Haftarot masterfully introduces each haftarah reading, annotates the text, and describes the literary and other links between the haftarot and Torah readings. For insight and depth, this volume surpasses the other major haftarah commentary, Gunther Plaut's The Haftarah Commentary .
A useful but by no means essential study guide to the JPS Commentary on the Haftarot is available in Study Guide to the JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot , written by Fishbane's student Laura Suzanne Lieber.
The JPS Commentary on the Haftarot is a volume of the outstanding and growing Jewish Publication Society library of commentaries, which include JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis , Exodus: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New Jps Translation (J P S Torah Commentary) , Leviticus: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New Jps Translation (J P S Torah Commentary) , The Jps Torah Commentary: Numbers : The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New Jps Translation (J P S Torah Commentary) , The Jps Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy : The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New Jps Translation (J P S Torah Commentary) , JPS Commentary on Jonah , Jps Commentary on Esther (JPS Bible Commentary) , Ecclesiastes: The Traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation (The Jps Bible Commentary) , and JPS Commentary on the Haggadah: Historical Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (JPS Commentary). Many of these volumes, particularly Milgrom's Numbers, Tigay's Deuteronomy, and the present volume, are without peer for authority and completeness.
The JPS Commentary on the Haftarot opens up new understanding of important Biblical texts. It helps to make Sabbath reading more fulfilling. And it thus contributes magnificently to our weekly search for connections with the Divine.