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The JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy

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In this comprehensive commentary on Deuteronomy, Tigay handles the often complex text with the skill of a master scholar. Within the line-by-line commentary are elaborations on specific textual, historical and social issues that oftentimes continue through many pages. This is above and beyond the 33 excursuses to the commentary, the extensive footnotes and the helpful charts and maps.


This resource is available as part of the JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection (11 volumes).

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“Loyalty to the Lord The main theme of Deuteronomy is the ardent and exclusive loyalty that Israel owes the Lord, as expressed in 6:4–5: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord is Our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.’” (Page xiii)

“However, there is much in the book that seems considerably older than this.” (Page xxi)

“The only positive responsibility that Deuteronomy assigns the king is copying and studying God’s Teaching” (Page 166)

“Monotheism The fundamental principle underlying Deuteronomy is monotheism” (Page xii)

“The belief that God is the author of the laws is a distinctive feature of Israelite law.” (Page 60)

Product Details

  • Title: The JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy
  • Author: Jeffrey H. Tigay
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 548

Jeffrey H. Tigay, a 1995 winner of the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching, is A.M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1995-1998 he was Chair of the Jewish Studies Program.

The Jewish Publication Society of America was founded in Philadelphia in 1888 to provide the children of Jewish immigrants to America with books about their heritage in the language of the New World. As the oldest publisher of Jewish titles in the English language, the mission of JPS is to enhance Jewish culture by promoting the dissemination of religious and secular works of exceptional quality, in the United States and abroad, to all individuals and institutions interested in past and contemporary Jewish life.

Over the years JPS has issued a body of works for all tastes and needs. Its many titles include biographies, histories, art books, holiday anthologies, books for young readers, religious and philosophical studies, and translations of scholarly and popular classics. It is perhaps known best for its famous JPS Tanakh, the translation of the Hebrew Bible in English from the original Hebrew.


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  6. Isaiah Robertson
    a very good Biblical Tool.
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  8. Robert Griffin
    A very good commentary. It comes up with sensible ideas and interesting ideas that you would not have thought of. It is very informative.
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