The Jewish Study Bible is an innovative volume that offers readers of the Hebrew Bible a resource that is specifically tailored to meet their needs.
The JSB presents the center of gravity of the Scriptures where Jews experience it--in Torah. It presents the fruits of various schools of Jewish traditions of biblical exegesis (rabbinic, medieval, mystical, etc.) and a wealth of ancillary materials that aids in bringing the ancient text to life. The nearly forty contributors to the work represent the cream of Jewish biblical scholarship from the world over. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary for one to make use of this unique volume.
The JSB uses The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation, whose name is an acronym formed from the Hebrew initials of the three sections into which the Hebrew Bible is traditionally divided (Torah , Instruction; Nevi'im , Prophets; and Kethubim , Writings). A committee of esteemed biblical scholars and rabbis from the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Judaism movements produced this modern translation, which dates from 1985. Unlike other English translations based upon such ancient versions as the Septuagint and Vulgate, which emend the Hebrew text, TANAKH is faithful to the original text.
Anyone interested in acquiring a fuller understanding of the riches of the Hebrew Bible will profit from reading The Jewish Study Bible .
- Section and book introductions deliver insights into the background, structure and meaning of the text
- Running commentary beside the biblical text provides in-depth theological interpretation of it, from the Jewish perspective
- Informative essays address a wide variety of topics relating to Judaism's use and interpretation of the Bible through the ages
- In-text tables, maps and charts
- Tables of weights and measures
- Verse and chapter differences
- Table of Scriptural readings
- Glossary of technical terms
- Index to all study materials
- Full color Oxford Bible Maps, with index