About the Book
The biblical commentaries known as Miqra’ot Gedolot have inspired and educated generations of Hebrew readers. Now, with the five volumes of the acclaimed English edition of Miqra’ot Gedolot—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy—the voices of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Nachmanides, Rashbam, Abarbanel, Kimhi, and other medieval Bible commentators come alive, speaking in a contemporary English translation annotated and explicated for lay readers.
Each page in this five-volume series contains the biblical text in Hebrew surrounded by both the 1917 and 1985 JPS translations, and by new contemporary English translations of the major commentators. The books also include an introduction, a glossary of terms, a list of names used in the text, notes on source texts, a special topics list, and resources for further study.
The large-format volumes are beautifully designed for easy navigation among the many elements on each page, including explanatory notes and selected additional comments from the works of Bekhor Shor, Sforno, Gersonides, and Hizkuni, among others.
Anyone who is unfamiliar with medieval commentary, or who is unable to study the commentators in the original Hebrew, will find ‘The Commentators’ Bible’ a worthy addition to their book shelves. Carasik has done a real service making this material available.
– The Reporter
The importance of this [series] cannot be overestimated — for the first time, we have a responsible translation of the miqra’ot gedolot…that is accessible to those without great facility in Hebrew.
The JPS Commentators’ Bible is one of the most useful resources I now have in my library. It opens the door to the wisdom of the classic commentators to Jewish students of all levels of Hebrew fluency. The translations are fluid and accessible, and this important work represents an invaluable invitation to join the centuries-long conversation of Torah commentary and interpretation. I eagerly await the completion of the remaining volumes of The Rubin JPS Miqra’ot Gedolot.
—Rabbi Dan Levin, Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, Florida