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The Jewish Study Bible

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,498 ratings  ·  60 reviews
The Jewish Study Bible is a one-volume resource tailored especially for the needs of students of the Hebrew Bible. Nearly forty scholars worldwide contributed to the translation and interpretation of the Jewish Study Bible, representing the best of Jewish biblical scholarship available today. A committee of highly-respected biblical scholars and rabbis from the Orthodox, C ...more
Hardcover, 2181 pages
Published January 4th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 1st 2003)
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Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
the plot twists are phenomenal. Sometimes God gets angry, sometimes impatient, and sometimes people are killed. A talking donkey appears and some water is parted. A lot of kvetching.
Nathan Kamal
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
As somebody intrigued by religious debate, I took it upon myself to read parts of the Old Testament this February. It has been an endeavor I’ve wanted to take on for a while, and I believed that it would improve my understanding of religion. It also has always been my belief that too often the Bible is misinterpreted as nothing more than a handbook for living. It is my belief that religious texts are worth much more. From what I had heard, the Bible seemed to eloquently pose profound questions a ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, interreligious
I absolutely love this book! It is truly a STUDY bible. The TANAKH translation is the best, of course. And the footnotes and the commentaries are fantastic. This is not an easy read, but it isn't meant to be. It is meant to savored and contemplated. This book will be right beside me every day for many, many years to come. I would not recommend it as an in introduction to Jewish thought or scripture, but for Jews, and certain Christians, too, I think this could end up being an invaluable source f ...more
Jan 29, 2021 added it
Not going to rate this bc it seems odd to rate a religious text but good reading experience!
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I am not Jewish, and only tangentially Christian, but I am reading this to get some feel for these ancient writings and how sincere believers have tried to react to them. The English is very direct, so you can escape some of the associations of more estabished translations. The translators claim to be following an older Jewish tradition of translating for meaning, rather than the word for word translation of Christian tradition. But they have extensive side notes, alerting readers to other trans ...more
♥ Ibrahim ♥
The reason I love this book is because it is the Jewish Study Bible and it uses The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation. If I only had known, I would have held off on buying the JPS TANAKH so I can buy this Jewish Study Bible itself. It is the same thing, except this one had all kinds of rich study notes. Every morning, right after I eat my oatmeal and while I am waiting on my hot tea, I go and get my JPS Bible and I know quite well that the minute I will read from it that prayer will ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me quite a while to make it all the way through this but it was worth it. I am a Christian but one who doesn't just want to blindly follow my church leaders. I like to study about the scriptures and the history of my faith.

This book is wonderful. It gives background and context to the Scriptures. I loved it so much I am now reading the follow-up The Jewish Annotated New Testament.

Things I learned:

- the Hebrews loved puns and apparently littered the Bible with them.
- the Heberews were m
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The full Tanakh: Torah, Nevi’im, and Kethuvim, Law, Prophets, and Writings, with scholarly running commentary, maps, chronological tables, a list of translations of primary sources and a wealth of essays following the translation. There are essays on interpretations, The Bible in Jewish Life and Thought, and Backgrounds for Reading the Bible. This is a treasure trove for the lay reader.
Nick Jordan
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tremendous, tremendous, tremendous and beautiful resource. I’m a United Methodist preacher, and this is great for personal devotion, semi-academic work, and preaching. It’s especially good for understanding Jewish liturgical life, calendar, worship, and interpretation history, including for those committed to anti-anti-Semitism, especially in light of Christian history. All the thumbs up.
Steven Schwarzman
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Jewish Study Bible combines the new JPS translation (okay, as I mentioned in my review of the JPS Tanakh, the Torah part of that translation goes back to the 1960s) with a wonderful Jewish and scholarly running commentary in the margins.

This is (surprisingly, perhaps) a real breakthrough. Until the Jewish Study Bible, you had to choose between traditional commentaries and scholarly ones. This gives you both, and as the title indicates, it is aimed at being both scholarly and sympathetic to J
Sabrina Robinson
May 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference
Exactly what it says, and does a great job as an introduction to a variety of schools of Jewish thought. I'm planning on buying this and would want it simply for the new connections it makes between different passages. Studied through Genesis and Exodus using this in the beginning of the year and learned so many new things.

The one drawback is that there are a number if viewpoints represented here. Be discerning in your use of the study notes. Allow them to make you think, but there's definitely
Joel Kleehammer
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewish
The most awesome book ever. What more can I say. I have this edition on my nightstand, and I read it almost every day. I use the Seder ha-Mishmarah cycle so that I read the entire Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim every year. ...more
Apr 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Great study bible. Very helpful footnotes, and is a very well done translation. Every Judeo-Christian household should have a copy of this.
Stacy Croushorn
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good interpretation.
Tanya Spackman
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
This is a great way to figure out the Old Testament.
D.L. Teamor
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I used this version for many years in preparing my sermons, however, there are much better translated versions (that are truer to the the original Biblical languages) that have been released since then.
Michael Boling
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have several study Bibles at home. Each of these study Bibles seems to have its unique focus with some providing commentary and articles based on a specific theological perspective with others simply providing a plethora of background study material such as maps, charts, and tables. Given the great expense involved with purchasing a Bible (even more if you go for the leather bound option), deciding what to invest in and what to take a pass on can be quite important.

Recently I had the pleasure
Christopher Barclay
I was assigned to read Genesis, Exodus, Job, and some more readings from this book in a wonderful Humanities course I took freshman year of college.

I really enjoyed what I had read from this book and thought that the annotations were very informative. You can really tell the editors were dedicated to making sure their readers had access to a well-translated text with useful commentary/annotations.

Thank you for all the hard work put into making this translation!
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Christian Bible has the Old Testament, an offensive term towards Judaism, and the Jewish have the Tanaka/Hebrew of Jewish Bible which is a direct interpretation of the text form antiquity. It does help you understand as the Israelites understood the Tanaka/Hebrew Bible in their time and now. The footnotes explain the text and gives you a deeper understanding of the Scripture. A must have and read.
I have loved perusing this book at random, and now have ordered my own copy. I have updated my reading progress by noting all the places that I left bookmarks behind so now I can begin again where I left off if I so choose. Now I am ready to surrender my current copy to the library where I borrowed it.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: translation
This will be my current reading for the rest of my life. I have always loved what I was brought up calling the "Old Testament." Both the translation and the commentary in this version are like hiking a trail you have only experienced in winter in the spring, summer and fall. Still beautiful and new things to discover each time. ...more
Cathy Harmon-Christian
Christians, as part of a deep and lasting anti-Judaism, rarely take the time to study the Bible according to the Jewish-Hebrew perspective. This is where you want to go to unveil the context and meaning of the Scriptures from a Jewish perspective. Invaluable.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Deep insight into how the Jewish interpretation of the Bible has been evolving. The commentaries provide scholarly criticism of the texts while still calling for faith in God. The word of God continues to be fresh and alive according to the changing contexts of readers and interpreters.
F Rachel
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Gives the reader a Jewish perspective on the text, treating it as having its own independent integrity.
Jay Carper
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A little too heavy on the textual criticism side for my tastes, but overall it's a great resource. Lots of good information, especially for historical background. ...more
Flor Ortiz
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent translation, beautiful edition, very helpful notes.
If you ever get it in your head to read the entire Bible from front to end, take it from me and don't. There are almost no stories in this thing, and it's all pretty repetitive. ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completing a multi year read. A good translation. Notes, articles and organization gave me an appreciation for the Jewish religion and thought.
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Originally published in 2004, the Second Edition of The Jewish Study Bible (2014) by Marc Zvi Brettle a revised version. I bought this 2,300 pages volume recently to enrich my collection of Bible translations, commentaries and Study bibles. As reference, the Jewish Publication Society translation of the Hebrew Tanakh (among Christians known as First or Old Testament) is used, the latest link in the chain of Jewish Bible Translations. It was made directly from the traditional Hebrew text into the ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, history
Translation accuracy comes down to trusting the translators. These do what I considered a remarkable job explaining what they were doing, why they did it, providing some outside source information to explain various passages, and offering points considered uncertain or disputed. The JSB includes several essays about the Bible which I found very informative and pretty interesting. A wonderful book.

Not being a Hebrew speaker or Biblical scholar myself, its not really possible for me to comment on
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