The Jewish Bible A JPS Guide

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About the Book

Project advisors: Shalom Paul, Fred Greenspahn, and Ziony Zevit

A clear and concise handbook to the TANAKH.

This volume in the acclaimed JPS Guides series is an invaluable companion to the Jewish Bible, providing readers with ready access to important facts and Bible basics: how the Bible became the “Bible”; its origins, content, and organization distinctions between the Jewish Bible (the TANAKH) and Christian Bibles a short history of Bible translations, and how they differ Bible commentaries storytelling, poetry, law, prophecy, and Wisdom literature popular methods of Bible study finding meaning through midrash. In addition, there are summaries of all the biblical books; dozens of text boxes; an extensive glossary of Bible terms, places, and people; maps, charts, and tables; and large foldout timelines and family trees—all in color.

Contributions are by leading Bible scholars and educators: Marc Zvi Brettler, Joyce Eisenberg, Michael Fishbane, Michael V. Fox, Leonard Greenspoon, Jill Hammer, Stuart Kelman, Adriane Leveen, David Mandel, Lionel Moses, Shalom Paul, Benjamin Edidin Scolnic, Ellen Scolnic, David E. S. Stein, Barry Dov Walfish, and Andrea Weiss.

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Named one of the “Best of the Best from the University Presses: Books You Should Know About” by the Association of American University Presses.


An excellent text for adult study groups and high school students beginning their study into the mysteries and wisdom of the Jewish Bible.

– Jewish Book World

On the whole, the most interesting and helpful aspect of the book is precisely what is stated as its main objective: the book is written from a scholarly point of view, yet it is not burdensome. In today’s parlance, it can be said to be user friendly. Beginning students of the Bible will find here a useful and informative tool. For that reason, this book will be a welcome addition to the libraries of synagogues, yeshivas, colleges, and churches, as well as to the library of any layperson who always wanted to know more about the Hebrew Bible but felt daunted by its complexity…

— The Society of Biblical Literature

Anyone embarking on a voyage through the Bible needs a guide… The Jewish Publication Society has produced a concise guide that will help anyone engaged in Bible study.

–AJL Newsletter

…a great reference work for beginners and more advanced students… Anyone interested in Bible study should find something of interest in this excellent guide.

— The Reporter

The Jewish Publication Society

The Jewish Publication Society (JPS) has been the preeminent publisher of books at the heart of Jewish culture in the English reading world for over 125 years. JPS books include The JPS TANAKH, the most widely read English translation of the Hebrew Bible, esteemed bible commentary, and hundreds of scholarly and popular works of history, philosophy, and literature.

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