This volume began with a simple idea: to create a concise companion to the Bible. But that led to a not-so-simple question: How does one develop a guide that is worthy of accompanying such a complex book and keep it short and uncomplicated? A book based on scholarship without being “scholarly”? The Jewish Bible: A JPS Guide is what it set out to be: an introduction and compact reference to the most fascinating and influential book of all time.
This new volume in the acclaimed JPS Guides series is an invaluable companion to the Jewish Bible, providing readers with ready access to important facts and Bible basics:
- how the Bible became the "Bible"; its origins, content, and organization
- distinctions between the Jewish Bible (JPS TANAKH) and Christian Bibles
- a short history of Bible translations, and how they differ
- Bible commentaries
- storytelling, poetry, law, prophecy, and wisdom literature
- popular methods of Bible study
- finding meaning through midrash
In addition, there are summaries of all the biblical books; dozens of text boxes; an extensive glossary of Bible terms, places, and people; maps, charts, and tables; and large foldout timelines and family trees—all in color.
Contributions are by leading Bible scholars and educators: Marc Zvi Brettler, Joyce Eisenberg, Michael Fishbane, Michael V. Fox, Leonard Greenspoon, Jill Hammer, Stuart Kelman, Adriane Leveen, David Mandel, Lionel Moses, Shalom Paul, Benjamin Edidin Scolnic, Ellen Scolnic, David E. S. Stein, Barry Dov Walfish, and Andrea Weiss.
- An illuminating forward to Studies In Biblical Interpretation by A.M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages Jeffrey H. Tigay
- Twenty-seven essays written by renowned Biblical scholar Nahum M. Sarna
- A bibliography of the published writings of Nahum M. Sarna
- How the Bible became the “Bible,” its origins, content and organization
- A history of Bible translations and how they differ
- A look into popular methods of Bible study
- A look at Jewish Bible commentary through three pivotal periods in Jewish history: the rabbinic, medieval and modern periods.
- An encyclopedia of every person in the Hebrew Bible
Praise for the Print Edition
. . . A great reference work for beginners and more advanced students… Anyone interested in Bible study should find something of interest in this excellent guide.
—The Reporter, Wheaton College
- Title: JPS Guide: The Jewish Bible
- Publisher: JPS
- Publication Date: 2008
- Pages: 250