FREE Delivery in the UK.
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we dispatch the item.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The JPS Bible Commentary:... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Sharston Books
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society
Date of Publication: 2001
Binding: hardcover
Edition:
Condition: Good
Description: Used book, clean, bright and tight, has some annotation in the margins and to text in pencil. Bound in green cloth with gilt title to spine. The traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation and Commentary by Adele Berlin. with an introduction to the commentary; the Book of Esther and its Literary World.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The JPS Bible Commentary: Esther Hardcover – 31 Mar 2001

3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£32.50
£24.35 £20.00
£32.50 FREE Delivery in the UK. Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we dispatch the item. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Hardcover: 110 pages
  • Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society (31 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827606990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827606999
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.8 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

"This informative commentary ... dissects the Book of Esther and, by extension, the Jewish holiday of Purim. Berlin begins with a lengthy introduction, discussing Esther as comedy and as diaspora literature; the introduction does a fine job of explaining the Persian period and its various art forms."

"Berlin's literary approach to the book of Esther is a very well done, and filled with important information."--David J./i>--David J. Zucker "Women in Judaism "

About the Author

Adele Berlin, a scholar of biblical and ancient Near Eastern literature, has developed the Biblical Studies program at the University of Maryland, USA and has designed and taught courses on biblical narrative and poetry, ancient Near Eastern culture and literature, and methods of biblical interpretation.


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
0
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
1
1 star
0
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By A Customer on 19 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
This commentary is part of a new series that fills the large gap between the usual superficial Bible commentaries and more advanced works like the International Critical Commentary and Hermeneia series. It provides a lot of solid information in a large, well produced volume but without overwhelming technicalities. Helpfully (for those who can read it) the Hebrew text is printed in full. It assumes that Esther has no historical basis for its plot - on the contrary, it is a comic novel - although the background details are confirmed by modern archaeology. It is not light reading in any sense (physically it is a heavy book), but reading it will teach you a lot about the Book of Esther in particular and the whole area of Bible studies.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
She misses lots of opportunities to offer insights and draw out possible implications of the text -- perhaps because she seems obsessed with repeating her thesis that Esther is totally fictional rubbish.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars jps esther offers helpful background 15 Feb. 2001
By james rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fully half of this book is devoted to a discussion of the background of the work and its interpretations. It is quite helpful in understanding and interpreting the text. There is a ten page bibliography that makes it clear the work was exhaustively researched and many points of view were considered.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful to me 13 July 2001
By Rachel Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This commentary fills a large gap between the usual superficial Bible commentaries and very advanced works like the International Critical Commentary. (The volume on Esther in that series is anyway hopelessly out of date.) It provides a lot of solid information in a large solid volume but without overwhelming technicalities. Its attitude is that Esther is a comic novel, presumably with no historical basis for its plot although the background details are confirmed by modern archaeology. Don't expect light reading, but after you have read this you will have learnt a lot.
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting, very literary 28 Feb. 2016
By Michael Lewyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a highly unusual commentary on the book of Esther; rather than treating the Esther story as historical fact, she treats it as a kind of comic historical novel, suggesting there is just too much silly stuff (e.g. royal edicts that cannot be reversed no matter how silly, the king's assumption that Haman is sexually harassing Esther instead of pleading for mercy at Esther 7:8) for the story to be real. But even if you don't agree with her conclusion, some of her ideas are interesting.

Berlin emphasizes the similarity between Esther and Greek writings about Persia, and suggests that the author was either familiar with the Persian Empire, or was familiar with Greek writings about it. For example, common motifs in writing about Persia include the widespread use of large banquets, luxury generally, kings' consultation with legal experts, strong royal women, and Persia's excellent postal system. She also uses Greek writing to clarify details about the story: for example, Herodotus wrote that the Persian king had a yearly dinner at which he distributed gifts, which seems similar to the banquets in Esther. She also uses Babylonian history, noting that Mordecai (Marduka in Babylonian) was a common Babylonian name.

In addition, Berlin discusses parallels between the book of Esther and the Hebrew Bible. For example, she compares the story of Purim to the story of Saul and Amalek: while Saul (ancestor of Mordecai) took spoils inappropriately, the Jews who defended themselves in the book of Esther refused to take spoils from their enemies (who were led by Haman, an ancestor of Saul's Amalekite enemies)- perhaps wiping out Saul's sin in a way. Berlin also discusses differences between the dominant version of Esther and the Greek Jewish version, which makes Esther seem more pious and discusses her emotions to a greater extent, but does not suggest that Haman had Amalekite ancestry.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent level of detail 8 Aug. 2013
By Kartoshke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this because I was doing research on the Book of Esther for a project on American Jewish feminism, and was impressed with the level of specificity, both in terms of Talmudic commentary and the actual historical circumstances surrounding the production of the story. Many of Berlin's arguments center around the idea that the Book of Esther is farcical, but her commentary suggests that certain aspects of it ought to be taken seriously.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly work clearly presented and formatted. 9 Mar. 2014
By ADENA POTOK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The material is well researched and integrated to enhance and deepen the reader's/student's comprehension of the work. Interpretations of various commentators are key in this. Especially valuable is the Hebrew text and its English translation.

Not to be neglected is the clear format of the material.
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know


Feedback