- Hardcover: 1406 pages
- Publisher: Moznaim; Second Edition edition (June 1, 1981)
- Language: English, Hebrew
- ISBN-10: 0940118726
- ISBN-13: 978-0940118720
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Living Torah : The Five Books of Moses and the Haftarot - A New Translation Based on Traditional Jewish Sources, with notes, introduction, maps, ... & index (English and Hebrew Edition) Second Edition Edition
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Kaplan does things with this Bi-Lingual edition things few if any others have ever done. He breaks the Torah down to its most simplistic meanings, and gets them down to as close to the common accepted meanings and translations of the "Bible", which claims to have origins in Torah. And shows some subtle differences along with teachings on how these meanings come about.
This book acts as a conduit to lesson arguments between 'scholars' who take sides, this works as a leveling ground, so students can get a better perspective of what all is entailed in actual Torah study from its roots. This book also explains the issue of fragmented texts. Its near impossible to get a copy of an "original Torah" scroll. Over time, many parts have been 'lost' and what we have now today is as good as we can get. But to the initiated, one can see which parts "light up" which one can tell are the real original, and which parts are contrived, being 'stuff' added to or removed due to political or religious needs.
So I think this is a must have book for anybody really wanting to explore Spiritual stuff through words.
Oh, I would not bother with the English only version, it is kind of pointless then. The whole point is, that Torah CAN NOT be "Translated" or "Transliterated" since it is not made up of WORDS. The Torah is a bunch of symbols representing a hierarchy of meanings at different levels, not following a linear time scheme, and not set in any one single dimension. It has an infinite endless array of meanings depending on how it is approached. Kaplan here just barely touches on this, but does so enough to explain it so as not to insult the know it all scholar. The script Kaplan uses in the Bi-Lingual version too is very important, because not all things called "Hebrew" are Torah Hebrew.
Just get the book. You will be glad you did, if you study it well that is.
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There are a few interesting notes.
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