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JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh

by Jewish Publication Society of America, Tanakh

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An excellent resource for students. Very easy to read and it has both the Hebrew and English side by side. All of my teachers have been using this version of the Tanakh. ( )
  melsmarsh | Feb 7, 2013 |
I do not read Hebrew so I cannot comment on the original text; however the JPS translation captures many intricacies that other translations do not. This makes a wonderful addition to other scriptural translations. ( )
  cbradley | May 17, 2012 |
I keep this beside my bed. Not only is is compact, it is incredibly soporific.

Jokes aside, this is an important book no matter if you consider it fiction or non-. ( )
  sorchah | Oct 4, 2011 |
In terms of content, this is the Bible, at least from a Jewish point of view. If you are not a fan of Hebrew scriptures, this book will have very little to interest you.

The translation is very good. It flows very well, and captures some hebraisms, without doing damage to English at the same time. For readers who have a smattering of Hebrew, it is very helpful to have the Hebrew text side by side with the English text. This not, however an interlinear version, where the English words are above the Hebrew words, so you will have to have a bit more than Strong's background to get something from the Hebrew.

This contents much of the narrative that formed western culture. Ignore it as your own peril (and I am not talking heaven/hell peril here--it would be like ignoring Shakespeare.) ( )
  Arctic-Stranger | Jan 23, 2009 |
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When God began to create heave and earth--the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God sweeping over the water--God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0827606974, Imitation Leather)

The JPS Hebrew-English TANAKH features the oldest-known complete Hebrew version of the Holy Scriptures, side by side with JPS’s renowned English translation. Its well-designed format allows for ease of reading and features clear type, an engaging and efficient two-column format that enables readers to move quickly from one language to another, and an organization that contemporary readers will find familiar.

The Hebrew text of this TANAKH is based on the famed Leningrad Codex, the Masoretic text traceable to Aaron ben Moses ben Asher, ca. 930 CE. Ben-Asher researched all available texts to compile an authoritative Bible manuscript. In 1010 CE his work was revised by Samuel ben Jacob, a scribe in Egypt. Lost for centuries, the manuscript was eventually discovered in the mid-nineteenth century and became known as the Leningrad Codex. This edition adapts the latest BHS edition of the Leningrad text by correcting errors and providing modern paragraphing.

The English text in this TANAKH is a slightly updated version of the acclaimed 1985 JPS translation. Wherever possible, the results of modern study of the languages and culture of the ancient Near East have been brought to bear on the biblical text, which allows for an English style reflective of the biblical spirit and language rather than of the era of the translation.

This edition also includes an informative preface that discusses the history of Bible translation, focusing on the latest JPS English translation of the Holy Scriptures. It is the result of a 30-year interdenominational collaboration of eminent Jewish Bible scholars. Readers are sure to appreciate one of the most intensive projects in the history of The Jewish Publication Society.

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