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Jewish Study Bible Notes

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See Jewish Study Bible At-a-Glance.

Oxford University Press broke exciting new ground in the field of study Bibles with The Jewish Study Bible. This innovative volume, for the first time, offers readers of the Hebrew Bible a resource that is specifically tailored to meet their needs.

The JSB presents the center of gravity of the Scriptures where Jews experience it--in Torah. It offers readers the fruits of various schools of Jewish traditions of biblical exegesis (rabbinic, medieval, mystical, etc.) and provides them with a wealth of ancillary materials that aid in bringing the ancient text to life. The nearly forty contributors to the work represent the cream of Jewish biblical scholarship from the world over.

The JSB uses The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation (not included in this module), whose name is an acronym formed from the Hebrew initials of the three sections into which the Hebrew Bible is traditionally divided (Torah, Instruction; Nevi’im, Prophets; and Kethubim, Writings). A committee of esteemed biblical scholars and rabbis from the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Judaism movements produced this modern translation, which dates from 1985. Unlike other English translations based upon such ancient versions as the Septuagint and Vulgate, which emend the Hebrew text, TANAKH is faithful to the original text.

Anyone interested in acquiring a fuller understanding of the riches of the Hebrew Bible will profit from reading The Jewish Study Bible.


  • Section and book introductions deliver insights into the background, structure and meaning of the text
  • Running commentary beside the biblical text provides in-depth theological interpretation of it, from the Jewish perspective
  • Informative essays address a wide variety of topics relating to Judaism’s use and interpretation of the Bible through the ages
  • In-text tables, maps and charts
  • Tables of weights and measures
  • Verse and chapter differences
  • Table of Scriptural readings
  • Glossary of technical terms

Note: This module does not include the JPS Tanakh Translation, but when purchased separately, it is formatted to run in parallel with the Jewish Study Bible.

Jewish Study Bible
• Editors: Adele Berlin, Marc Zvi Brettler
• Publisher: Oxford University Press (2003)

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October 11, 2014  | 12:39 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
I like study bibles and bought this as a hard copy initially which includes the JPS. Having both in Accordance gives the benefits of links and are always with me. I find the study text clear and the articles well written and strongly recommend that this together with the tagged JPSS text to get a fresh perspective on the Hebrew Scriptures. They were some of my earliest purchases and have become two of my most 'go to' resources within Accordance.