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JPS Torah Commentary (5 volumes)

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Written by four outstanding Torah scholars, the JPS Torah Commentary represents a fusion of the best of the old and new. Utilizing the latest research to enhance our understanding of the biblical text, it takes its place as one of the most authoritative yet accessible Bible commentaries of our day.

The JPS Torah Commentary series guides readers through the words and ideas of the Torah. Each volume is the work of a distinguished Hebrew Bible scholar, integrating classical and modern sources.

Each volume also contains supplementary essays that elaborate upon key words and themes, a glossary of commentators and sources, extensive bibliographic notes, and maps.

Series Editors: Nahum M. Sarna and Chaim Potok
Genesis -- Nahum Sarna
Exodus -- Nahum Sarna
Leviticus -- Baruch A. Levine
Numbers -- Jacob Milgrom
Deuteronomy -- Jeffrey H. Tigay

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November 15, 2011  |  1:41 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
This review focuses on the first two volumes in this series, Genesis and Exodus, by Nahum M. Sarna.

Sarna's commentaries are astonishing in depth, scope and clarity. The author has a gift for taking complex ideas and expressing them in a coherent way. His thinking is supremely logical. His comments are never verbose and penetrate to the very issue at hand. Almost every sentence gives one something to think about. Sarna treats the text in a reverential manner and is disinclined to explain away difficulties (like miracles). The plagues for instance are treated as having occurred historically. Attention is paid to the historical and cultural background of the text. I also benefited from the engagement with Rabbinic interpretation which provides an added dimension of depth to the story.

The highlight of the commentaries is the attention given to interpreting the complicated instructions for the building of the Tabernacle. Some commentaries treat the ...
This review focuses on the first two volumes in this series, Genesis and Exodus, by Nahum M. Sarna.

Sarna's commentaries are astonishing in depth, scope and clarity. The author has a gift for taking complex ideas and expressing them in a coherent way. His thinking is supremely logical. His comments are never verbose and penetrate to the very issue at hand. Almost every sentence gives one something to think about. Sarna treats the text in a reverential manner and is disinclined to explain away difficulties (like miracles). The plagues for instance are treated as having occurred historically. Attention is paid to the historical and cultural background of the text. I also benefited from the engagement with Rabbinic interpretation which provides an added dimension of depth to the story.

The highlight of the commentaries is the attention given to interpreting the complicated instructions for the building of the Tabernacle. Some commentaries treat the chapters after Exodus 20 with less seriousness than they treat 1-20. Sarna does not succumb to that temptation. He explains every detail and made this writer understand for the first time what these complex texts mean. Sarna proves that discipline and temperament are as important as learning.