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5.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning...
The Tanakh, an edition of the Holy Scriptures of Judaism, put out by the Jewish Publication Society (JPS), now has a dual-language edition (Hebrew and English), which is incredibly useful for scripture study.
The word Tanakh consists of the first letters of the words denoting the three sections of the text: the Torah (the Law), consisting of the first five books; the...
Published on 19 Dec. 2005 by Kurt Messick

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By no means should this translation be permitted to be read. Unfortunately, the scribes have now, during the last 100 years since the 1917 JPS translation was printed, gained enough knowledge of the numerous prophecies of Jesus Christ within their own scriptures to seek now to alter those same prophecies in this translation to apparently disguise the original...
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning..., 19 Dec. 2005
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Kurt Messick "FrKurt Messick" (London, SW1) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hebrew English Tanakh: Student's Edition (Imitation Leather)
The Tanakh, an edition of the Holy Scriptures of Judaism, put out by the Jewish Publication Society (JPS), now has a dual-language edition (Hebrew and English), which is incredibly useful for scripture study.
The word Tanakh consists of the first letters of the words denoting the three sections of the text: the Torah (the Law), consisting of the first five books; the Nevi'im (the Prophets), which includes major and minor prophets, as well as some of the history books; and the Kethuvim (the Writings), which consists of poetry, wisdom literature, stories and eschatological literature, and some further history books.
The Tanakh is not simply a new translation of the Christian Old Testament. Indeed, most Christian readers would be surprised at the differences inherent in the Tanakh. For one thing, the ordering of the books in the Tanakh is different from the order in the Christian Old Testament. The intent behind the differing order demonstrates one of the key differences in focus of Judaism and Christianity. The ordering of the Old Testament, with the minor prophets, and their call to repentance and future deliverance of the people of Israel by God, is anticipatory of the Messianic age, and hence provide a `run-up' to the New Testament. Obviously, Judaism does not have the same focus toward Jesus. Thus, the conclusion of the Tanakh leads to the return from exile, the restoration of the people of Israel to the land of promise, and the return of the worship of God to the appointed place, the Temple.
Also, the chapter/verse division is somewhat different. This can be seen in side-by-side comparison with other English Bible translations, but also becomes apparent in comparison with other Jewish editions.
'English translations usually list thirty-nine books of the Bible. Meanwhile, Hebrew Bibles classically have presented twenty-four books -- counting the following groups as one book each: the two part of Samuel; the two parts of Kings; the Twelve ('Minor') Prophets; Ezra and Nehemiah; and the two parts of Chronicles. Some aspects of our book design presume the thirty-nine-book division: the tables, book openings, and chapter numbers. But we ended only the conventional twenty-four books with a closing prayer and with the sum total of verses.'
The Tanakh was originally translated and published in three sections, corresponding to the three divisions of the text. Begun in 1955, The Torah was completed in 1962; then there was a wait until The Nevi'im was released in 1978, and The Kethuvim in 1982. This edition of the Tanakh is the compilation of these efforts by JPS, with revisions, especially of the 1962 Torah translation.
This edition, while incorporating the Hebrew text, is not meant for ritual practice. The intended readership of this volume is the scholar or the general reader; it is not set up for liturgical use -- as the preface states:
'It meets only the traditional rabbinic standards (halakhah) for formatting a study Bible, which are less stringent than those for ritual texts.'
The introduction is quite frank about the difficulties that arise in working with ancient manuscripts. In a section entitled The Unbroken Chain of Uncertainty, the editors address the problem of which documentation and corrective (the masorah, which gives rise to the name masoretic text, meaning, authoritative and 'marked') is used, given the variances that arise in ancient manuscripts with fairly equal claim of authority. Drawing on the MCW (Michigan-Claremont-Westminster) electronic BHS (Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia), JPS has a text nearly identical with the Leningrad Codex (a 1000-year old volume of the text, the oldest nearly complete volume known). In using this documentation, JPS editors have also done the following in making the text accessible and authoritative:
- added chapter and verse numbers, all of which were added much later
- redivided the Psalms to 150 (the Codex has divisions into 149)
- inserted markings to show codex paragraphing as well as possible scribal errors
- filling in cross-references
The editors point out some of the omissions:
'Like the medieval scribes, we culled most of our nearly six hundred notes from the larger body of masoretic lore (roughly two hundred thousand notes!); we do not pretend to have been exhaustive.'
These notes deal with textual anomalies, and are written in such a manner than a glossary helps decipher them.
This is a rewarding volume for anyone who seeks to tap into the power of the original language side-by-side with a unique and powerful translation of the Hebrew scriptures.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super very clear, 23 Aug. 2010
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This version of the Tanakhn has the Hebrew and English versions side by side. As someone who is VERY slowly trying to learn Hebrew I have found this to be really helpful. Thye book is heavy and large, type clear and easy to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the Tanakh, 5 April 2013
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THe quality is very good, it is a bit stiff at first but after time it begins to settle, although it will never be supple. The font size is great, and the layout of English and Hebrew has been done really. well. I am learning Hebrew and and diving into this frequently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't be without it, 1 April 2013
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the latest 1999 version Just in English. The real bonus is the notes written beside the reference and the notes at the head of the particular book extremely essential to any Tanakh scholar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 16 Jun. 2012
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The text is crisp and clear, and the Hebrew script is easy to follow alongside the English translation. And it's not too big to carry around with you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jewish bible, 17 Jun. 2014
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This is an excellent presentation of the Hebrew bible with its translation. The translation is accurate and the Hebrew text is large enough to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not enough meat and potatoes for study, 13 Feb. 2014
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Judith Chesney (Isle of Wight England) - See all my reviews
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thought it would have more notes for students, but they seemed to be lacking. Not what I really wanted, but good just the same
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enquiring minds, 18 Dec. 2012
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My son loves this very special book. I am sure he will have it forever as its very well made and loved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect font size, 3 Mar. 2015
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Beautifully laid out with a perfect font size.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Sept. 2014
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Really enjoy it, easy to find your way around.
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