Balancing reverence for the text with rigorous scholarship, Sarna’s commentary is an illuminating and exhaustive treatment of Genesis. Included with the line-by-line analysis are thirty excursuses, and helpful maps. The commentary also features expository sections, including “Eden and the Expulsion: The Human Condition,” “The Depravity of Canaan,” “God’s Election of Abraham,” “Isaac, Father of Two Nations,” “Joseph’s Liberation and Rise to Power,” and many others.
This resource is available as part of the JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection (11 volumes).
Nahum M. Sarna (1923-2005), was born in London and received his training in rabbinics at Jews College, London, and his B.A. and M.A. from the University College London. After living in Israel for two years, he settled in the United States in 1951, and received his Ph.D. in biblical studies and Semitic languages from Dropsie College, Philadelphia.
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