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Jewish Study Bible Notes

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This product is no longer available as it has been replaced by the 2nd edition version of the Jewish Study Bible. An upgrade from to the 2nd edition is available here.

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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 a study bible because they offer a succinct orientation to the passage. I bought this as a hard copy initially which includes the JPS. This and my Jerusalem bible with detailed notes became my two go to study bibles before i got accordance. The jewish study bible was then supplemented with the Jewish Annotated new testament in print.

However, when i started using accordance the jpss and jewish study bible were some of my initial purchases and have remained my 'go to' resources along with jant. Having both in Accordance gives the benefits of links and are always with me on my mobile devices.

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.