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Essential Torah: A Complete Guide to the Five Books of Moses
Whether you are thinking about studying the Bible for the first time or you’re simply curious about its history and contents, you will find everything you need in Essential Torah. George Robinson, author of the acclaimed Essential Judaism, begins by recounting the various theories of the origins of the Torah and goes on to explain its importance as the core element in Jewi ...more
ebook, 624 pages
Published December 17th 2008 by Schocken
(first published October 31st 2006)
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Sep 06, 2008 Jennie rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Still have a little ways to go on this (it's dense), but it's definitely fascinating. It's intended as a reference, but the author was trained as a film and literary critic, so it reads very well. I was pretty daunted by all the Hebrew at first, especially since I was pretty much limited to "Torah," "seder," and "shalom, y'all," before starting it. The glossary is comprehensive, and I use it about 5 times every page. It's much easier to understand and visualize the poetry of the names and excerp ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I thought all the grade school Bible reading was sufficient, but i began looking for guides to help me understand that monster quickly into my current endeavor to read it cover to cover. The Interpreter's Bible seemed a godsend (harrharr) but it added a lot of time and effort. Additionally, it felt wrong: volume 1 is a decidedly Christian vision of a decidedly Jewish text that frequently hinted at an underlying anti-Semitism. So i found Robinson's book by scanning the Oak Park (MI) public librar ...more