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The JPS Torah Commentary: Numbers

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The JPS Torah Commentary series guides readers through the words and ideas of the Torah. Each volume is the work of a scholar who stands at the pinnacle of his field.

Every page contains the complete traditional Hebrew text, with cantillation notes, the JPS translation of the Holy Scriptures, aliyot breaks, Masoretic notes, and commentary by a distinguished Hebrew Bible sch
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Hardcover, 520 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by The Jewish Publication Society (first published May 1990)
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Drew
Dec 01, 2010 Drew rated it really liked it
Such a worthwhile study! I'm being shaped by the study of the Torah. I am so very impressed with the scholarship and with the commentator's love for Numbers. I had previously slogged through Numbers--this time it was fascinating.
Michael Lewyn
Oct 21, 2014 Michael Lewyn rated it really liked it
Compared to earlier JPS commentaries,

1. Much more detailed and technical- especially the essays in the back of the book, which are highly focused on literary structure (for example, drawing parallels between how two portions of a text are phrased).

2. Less reverent, and more focused on contradictions within the Torah text and the likelihood of varying traditions having made their way into the Torah. A tradition-minded reader who does not believe in the Documentary Hypothesis will be more disturbe
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Ivan
Oct 12, 2014 Ivan rated it really liked it
Incredibly fun to read to dispel all the myths about the chosenness of the people and so forth. Very instructive piece of anthropological litterature which I recommend reading together with works on the partriarchal societies of South East Asia, notably the Malay Sultanates and the books on the history of Vietnam (particularly the Khmer-Campa wars) and the history of the Khmer people.
Jared Saltz
Sep 04, 2012 Jared Saltz rated it really liked it
Perhaps the best single commentary on Numbers.
Craig Bolton
The Jps Torah Commentary: Numbers : The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New Jps Translation (J P S Torah Commentary) by Jacob Milgrom (1990)
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