The Jew­ish Bible: A JPS Guide

The Jew­ish Pub­li­ca­tion Society
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By – January 11, 2012
The Jew­ish Pub­li­ca­tion Soci­ety con­tin­ues its rep­u­ta­tion for deliv­er­ing acces­si­ble schol­ar­ship and com­men­tary on the Jew­ish Bible. 

The Jew­ish Bible: A JPS Guide also pro­vides addi­tion­al non-Jew­ish per­spec­tives on the bible. Inter­wo­ven with­in the com­men­tary are exam­ples, both in text and illus­tra­tions, of how dif­fer­ent faiths under­stand the com­pi­la­tion and order of the books of the bible. 

The com­men­tary begins with a brief analy­sis of the ori­gins of what we know as the final canon. In sub­se­quent chap­ters the authors delve into the var­i­ous sec­tions, such as law, poet­ry, and sto­ry­telling in greater detail to give us a deep­er under­stand­ing of how all the parts come togeth­er in a coher­ent whole. 

There are addi­tion­al sec­tions on the devel­op­ment and use of Midrash and how it has been used over the cen­turies to under­stand the mean­ing of the bib­li­cal text. The final sec­tions are a glos­sary of terms and oth­er infor­ma­tion that can help both the novice and expe­ri­enced bible stu­dent in their explo­ration of the text. This is an excel­lent text for adult study groups and high school stu­dents begin­ning their study into the mys­ter­ies and wis­dom of the Jew­ish Bible.
Bar­bara Andrews holds a Mas­ters in Jew­ish Stud­ies from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go, has been an adult Jew­ish edu­ca­tion instruc­tor, and works in the cor­po­rate world as a pro­fes­sion­al adult educator.

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