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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Torah commentary of the modern era, 25 Jan. 1999
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This review is from: Genesis (JPS Torah Commentary) (Hardcover)
This is simply a magnificant work! This contains the complete Hebrew text of Genesis, the JPS's new English translation, and an extensive original commentary that illuminates the text like a 1000 watt searchlight. On average, each four or five lines of text gets a full page of explanation and commentary, so every subject gets covered in detail.
Sarna, like all the JPS Torah commentators, makes use of traditional rabbinic commentaries, and the Mishna, Midrash and Talmud. But it doesn't end here: The commentary goes on to make good use of literary analysis and comparative Semitics; intertextual commentary relating each book to other biblical books, and evidence from modern archaeological, discoveries.
It manages to be respectful, religious, and authentic to the Jewish tradition, while at the same time rigorously adhering to the highest standards of biblical criticism and intellectual honesty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener, 28 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Genesis (JPS Torah Commentary) (Hardcover)
Our ecumenical Christian Bible Study Group used this commentary to give us a fresh slant on our study of Genesis. As minister it stretched my understanding of the text, and the Group found insights drawn from it to be both exciting and thought provoking. In particular, the insights surrounding the creation accounts lifted discussion out of the usual sterile debates and brought us to a fresh understanding of what it means to call God a 'Creator'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars helpful, 2 Jun. 2013
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Good. Nice job of summarizing possible arguments, but then subtly offers his own conclusions. Leaves a bit of room for more detailed observations and theological implications.
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Genesis (JPS Torah Commentary) by Nahum M. Sarna (Hardcover - 31 Jan. 1994)
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