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The Jewish Study Bible

Second Edition

Second Edition

Edited by Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler

Publication Date - October 2014

ISBN: 9780199978465

2400 pages
Hardcover
6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $45.00

A vibrant and updated new edition of the 2004 landmark publication

Description

First published in 2004, The Jewish Study Bible is a landmark, one-volume resource tailored especially for the needs of students of the Hebrew Bible. It has won acclaim from readers in all religious traditions.

The Jewish Study Bible, which comes in a protective slipcase, combines the entire Hebrew Bible--in the celebrated Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation--with explanatory notes, introductory materials, and essays by leading biblical scholars on virtually every aspect of the text, the world in which it was written, its interpretation, and its role in Jewish life. The quality of scholarship, easy-to-navigate format, and vibrant supplementary features bring the ancient text to life.

This second edition includes revised annotations for nearly the entire Bible, as well as forty new and updated essays on many of the issues in Jewish interpretation, Jewish worship in the biblical and post-biblical periods, and the influence of the Hebrew Bible in the ancient world.

The Jewish Study Bible, Second Edition, is an essential resource for anyone interested in the Hebrew Bible.

New to this Edition

  • Over two dozen new and updated essays
  • Updated annotations for nearly the entire Bible

Features

  • Informative essays that address a wide variety of topics relating to Judaism's use and interpretation of the Bible throughout the ages
  • Section and book introductions that deliver insights into the background, structure, and meaning of the text
  • Running commentary beside the biblical text that provides in-depth theological interpretation
  • Features the Jewish Publication Society TANAKH translation
  • Full-color Oxford Bible maps
  • Verse and chapter differences between the Hebrew text and many English translations
  • Table of Scriptural readings for synagogue use
  • Glossary of technical terms

About the Author(s)

Adele Berlin is Robert H. Smith Professor of Hebrew Bible Emerita at the University of Maryland.

Marc Zvi Brettler is Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.

Reviews

From the previous edition: ''The Jewish Study Bible encompasses a monumental assembly of critical learning and acumen, representing the achievement of an entire generation of Jewish scholars. The commentaries are not only erudite but purposeful and theologically alert. A heroic undertaking, brilliantly conceived and executed with panache.'' --Jacob Neusner

''Serious students of Judaism will want to have a copy of this outstanding and surprisingly affordable study Bible, which stands in the tradition of Oxford's great study Bibles. '' --Publishers Weekly, Religion Bookline

''Another superb holiday gift, especially appropriate for non-Orthodox Jews, is The Jewish Study Bible from Oxford University Press, which finally stands alongside the many verse-by-verse commentaries for Christians. This work also is recommended for serious-minded Christian readers.'' --Associated Press

''This is an essential acquisition for every library and an indispensable addition for every Jewish home. It has been needed for a long time.'' --Nahum M. Sarna, Judaica, Florida Atlantic University

''The Jewish Study Bible is a major accomplishment. It provides accessible essays from the full gamut of Jewish scholarship, and a running commentary that draws liberally from both traditional and scientific perspectives.'' --Lawrence A. Hoffman, Liturgy, Worship and Ritual, Hebrew Union College

"First published in 2004, The Jewish Study Bible is a landmark, one-volume resource tailored especially for the needs of students of the Hebrew Bible. It has won acclaim from readers in all religious traditions... The quality of scholarship, easy-to-navigate format, and vibrant supplementary features bring the ancient text to life... The Jewish Study Bible, Second Edition, is an essential resource for anyone interested in the Hebrew Bible." --Jewish Media Review

"Each essay is informed, informative, and written by an authority on the subject being analyzed. Taken altogether, the essays provide a nearly exhaustive picture of all the topics basic to understanding the Bible and its background. An extremely useful resource... Highly recommended." --CHOICE

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Maps and Diagrams
    Preface to the 1985 JPS Edition
    Alphabetical Listing of the Books of the Bible
    Hebrew Transliteration

    Guide to Abbreviations and Terms
    Abbreviations Used for the Books of the Bible
    Abbreviations and Terms Used in the Footnotes to the Translation
    Abbreviations Used in the Annotations, Introductions, and Essays


    Torah
    Introduction by Marc Zvi Brettler
    Genesis by Jon D. Levenson
    Exodus by Jeffrey H. Tigay
    Leviticus by Baruch J. Schwartz
    Numbers by Nili S. Fox
    Deuteronomy by Bernard M. Levinson

    Nevi'im
    Introduction by Marc Zvi Brettler
    Joshua by Nili Wazana
    Judges by Yairah Amit
    1 & 2 Samuel by Shimon bar-Efrat, by Marc Zvi Brettler
    1 & 2 Kings by Ziony Zevit
    Isaiah by Benjamin D. Sommer
    Jeremiah by Dalit Rom Shiloni
    Ezekiel by Tova Ganzel
    The Twelve by Ehud Ben Zvi

    Ketuvim
    Introduction by Marc Zvi Brettler
    Psalms by Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler
    Proverbs by Michael V. Fox
    Job by Edward Greenstein
    Megillot (The Scrolls) Introduction by Marc Zvi Brettler
    The Song of Songs by Elsie Stern
    Ruth by Adele Reinhartz
    Lamentations by Adele Berlin
    Ecclesiastes by Peter Machinist
    Esther by Adele Berlin
    Daniel by Lawrence M. Wills
    Ezra-Nehemiah by Hindy Najman
    1 & 2 Chronicles by David Rothstein


    ESSAYS
    Introduction by Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler

    Jewish Interpretation of the Bible
    Inner-biblical Interpretation by Benjamin D. Sommer
    Early Nonrabbinic Interpretation by Hindy Najman
    The Bible in the Dead Sea Scrolls by Esther Eshel
    Classical Rabbinic Interpretation by Yaakov Elman
    Midrash and Midrashic Interpretation by David Stern
    Medieval Jewish Interpretation by Barry D. Walfish
    The Bible in the Jewish Philosophical Tradition by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
    The Bible in the Jewish Mystical Tradition by Michael Fishbane
    17th-19th C. Jewish Interpretation by Edward Breuer
    Modern Jewish Interpretation by Marc Zvi Brettler

    Biblical Ideas and Institutions
    The Religion of the Bible by Stephen A. Geller
    Concepts of Purity in the Bible by Jonathan Klawans
    Daily Life in Biblical Times by Oded Borowski
    The Temple by Victor Avigdor Hurowitz
    Biblical Calendars by Sasha Stern
    Biblical Festivals and Fast Days by Baruch Levine
    Historical and Ideal Davidic Kingship by Marvin Sweeney
    War and Peace in the Bible by Jacob Wright

    The Bible in Jewish Life
    The Bible in the Synagogue by Avigdor Shinan
    The Bible in the Liturgy by Ruth Langer
    The Bible and Jewish Custom by Daniel Sperber
    The Bible in Israeli Life by Uriel Simon
    The Jewish Bible in America by Jonathan Sarna
    Jewish Women's Writings on the Bible by Adele Reinhartz
    Jewish Translations of the Bible by Leonard J. Greenspoon

    Backgrounds for Reading the Bible
    The History of Israel in the Biblical Period by Oded Lipschits
    The Geography of the Land of Israel by Amitai Baruchi-Unna
    The Archeology of the Land of Israel in the Biblical Period by Aren Maeir
    The Ancient Near Eastern Background of the Bible by Jack Sasson
    Languages of the Bible by Steven E. Fassberg
    Textual Criticism of the Bible by Emanuel Tov
    The Canonization of the Bible by Marc Zvi Brettler
    The Development of the Masoretic Bible by Jordan S. Penkower
    The Modern Study of the Bible by Marvin Sweeney
    Gender in the Bible by Marc Zvi Brettler
    Reading Biblical Poetry by Adele Berlin
    Reading Biblical Prose by Yair Zakovitch
    Reading Biblical Law by Shalom Holtz
    The Hebrew Bible in Other Scriptures
    The Hebrew Bible in the New Testament by A.-J. Levine
    The Hebrew Bible in the Qur'an by Jack Lassner

    Tables and Charts
    Weights and Measures
    Timeline
    Chronological Table of Rulers
    Calendar
    Table of Biblical Readings
    Chapter and Verse Differences

    Translations of Primary Sources
    Glossary
    Index