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This review is from: The Jewish Study Bible: Featuring the Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation: College Edition (Bible Hebrew) (Paperback)
Having purchased this Jewish Study Bible during my introduction to Judaism I am very pleased with the scholarship and immensity of scripture and additional information within. I would only recommend purchasing the hardback, as I soon intend on doing, as the paperback becomes quickly worn out due to the lightweight paper used and heavy depth of the book causing havoc with the book spine. I'd also recommend purchasing a copy with English and Hebrew paralell text, whilst this volume is impressive it doesn't include the Hebrew text, due to its size for obvious reasons.
The only criticism aside, I'm most pleased and very impressed with this volume. In opening the book you are met by a short introduction and short glossary of terms and their abbreviations which proved most helpful to someone new to the Bible. Each division of the Tanakh, the Torah, Nevi'im, and Ketuvim are introduced with information regarding their compilation, contents, terminology, etc, whilst each book within these divisions such as the first book of the Torah, bere'shit (Genesis) can also be met with an informative introduction which eases you into the text. The accompanying commentary of the text throughout is clear, concise, and informative, engaging and informing the reader, it gives an honest account of the text and addresses many common textual criticisms, engaging and forcing the reader not only to look at the text, but to give in-depth thought to the discussion of the text.
This is furthered by the two dozen scholarly essays concerning the Bible and its interpretation across the eras, in different settings, traditions, philosophies, etc. Whilst perhaps a little difficult to access mentally at an introductory level, they highlight many important themes and address many questions the reader will undoubtedly be faced with in reading the Bible. These insightful essays are themselves reason enough to purchase the volume.
It is then capped off with several tables on the timelines, historiography, chronologies, calendars, and maps, with a healthy sized glossary and bibliography which I look forward to exploring further.