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First published in 2004, The Jewish Study Bible is a landmark, one-volume resource tailored especially for the needs of students of the Hebrew Bible. It has won acclaim from readers in all religious traditions.

The Jewish Study Bible, which comes in a protective slipcase, combines the entire Hebrew Bible--in the celebrated Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation--with explanatory notes, introductory materials, and essays by leading biblical scholars on virtually every aspect of the text, the world in which it was written, its interpretation, and its role in Jewish life. The quality of scholarship, easy-to-navigate format, and vibrant supplementary features bring the ancient text to life.

This second edition includes revised annotations for nearly the entire Bible, as well as forty new and updated essays on many of the issues in Jewish interpretation, Jewish worship in the biblical and post-biblical periods, and the influence of the Hebrew Bible in the ancient world.

The Jewish Study Bible, Second Edition, is an essential resource for anyone interested in the Hebrew Bible.

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From the previous edition:

'''' The Jewish Study Bible encompasses a monumental assembly of critical learning and acumen, representing the achievement of an entire generation of Jewish scholars. The commentaries are not only erudite but purposeful and theologically alert. A heroic undertaking, brilliantly conceived and executed with panache.'''' --Jacob Neusner


''''Serious students of Judaism will want to have a copy of this outstanding and surprisingly affordable study Bible, which stands in the tradition of Oxford''s great study Bibles. '''' -- Publishers Weekly, Religion Bookline


''''Another superb holiday gift, especially appropriate for non-Orthodox Jews, is The Jewish Study Bible from Oxford University Press, which finally stands alongside the many verse-by-verse commentaries for Christians. This work also is recommended for serious-minded Christian readers.'''' -- Associated Press


''''This is an essential acquisition for every library and an indispensable addition for every Jewish home. It has been needed for a long time.'''' --Nahum M. Sarna, Judaica, Florida Atlantic University


'''' The Jewish Study Bible is a major accomplishment. It provides accessible essays from the full gamut of Jewish scholarship, and a running commentary that draws liberally from both traditional and scientific perspectives.'''' --Lawrence A. Hoffman, Liturgy, Worship and Ritual, Hebrew Union College


"First published in 2004, The Jewish Study Bible is a landmark, one-volume resource tailored especially for the needs of students of the Hebrew Bible. It has won acclaim from readers in all religious traditions... The quality of scholarship, easy-to-navigate format, and vibrant supplementary features bring the ancient text to life. The Jewish Study Bible, Second Edition, is an essential resource for anyone interested in the Hebrew Bible." -- Jewish Media Review


"Each essay is informed, informative, and written by an authority on the subject being analyzed. Taken altogether, the essays provide a nearly exhaustive picture of all the topics basic to understanding the Bible and its background. An extremely useful resource. Highly recommended." -- Choice.


About the Author


Adele Berlin is Robert H. Smith Professor of Hebrew Bible Emerita at the University of Maryland.

Marc Zvi Brettler is Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.

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Ezri Valtin
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A REAL Jewish Bible (Tanakh).
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2018
If you are either seeking to convert to Judaism or simply want to know what is REALLY in the Jewish scriptures (but don''t know Hebrew) this is the bible for you to start out with. There is no attempt to "prove Jesus" within its text (because of course there isn''t; it''s... See more
If you are either seeking to convert to Judaism or simply want to know what is REALLY in the Jewish scriptures (but don''t know Hebrew) this is the bible for you to start out with. There is no attempt to "prove Jesus" within its text (because of course there isn''t; it''s Jewish), and by virtue of this, it is an honest translation. I will give you an example of the difference in translations:

PSALM 2:12
Christian/Messianic bible:
"Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him." [KJV, other Christian translations will be similar]

Jewish Study Bible:
v. 11: Serve the LORD in awe;
tremble with fright,
12. pay homage in good faith,
lest He be angered, and your way be doomed
in the mere flash of His anger.
Happy are all who take refuge in HIm.

The Jewish Study Bible contains all of the Torah, Nevi''im, and Kethuvim: Genesis all the way through 2 Chronicles, with insightful commentary and footnotes throughout. In addition, there is an Essay section at the back which delves into topics such as:
*War and Peace in the Bible
*Concepts of Purity in the Bible
*Midrash and Jewish Exegesis

As for appeal and readability, I really like the typesetting; it''s very easy on the eyes. The cover, by the way, is really nice looking; it''s a thick laminate bound to the cover, rather than a dust jacket over a rag cover. Really sleek and modern!
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Rain
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A nice Bible.
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2016
This Jewish Study Bible is filled with tons of informations, and does rely heavily on the documentary hypothesis, which may offend some. If you are looking for more spiritual/orthodox commentaries, I would suggest a Chumash with its notes and comments. The word study in... See more
This Jewish Study Bible is filled with tons of informations, and does rely heavily on the documentary hypothesis, which may offend some. If you are looking for more spiritual/orthodox commentaries, I would suggest a Chumash with its notes and comments. The word study in this case points out to a scientific approach.

I don''t speak Hebrew (yet), so I can''t tell you how accurate the translation is - all I can say is that, of all the various translations of the Bible I''ve read and all the ones that I own, in both English and French, the JPS one is the one which finally got through to me. The standard JPS Tanakh was great - the upgrade to the "Study" version was a revelation.

One thing that does annoy me is the commentary''s numerous references to non-Jewish Bible and non-Jewish translations (mainly NSRV) which leaves me with an impression that, even though this is a Jewish Bible, its target audience consists largely of liberal Christians. I personally fail to see how references to the Gospels bring anything to the table. But it''s not like it gets in the way, either.
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C. R. Fischer
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Excellent scholarship marred by poor quality paper
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2018
I bought this book as I very much enjoyed The Jewish Annotated New Testament from the same authors. Both are absolutely excellent works of academic scholarship by world class scholars. The commentary and the essays are important resources for anyone... See more
I bought this book as I very much enjoyed The Jewish Annotated New Testament from the same authors. Both are absolutely excellent works of academic scholarship by world class scholars. The commentary and the essays are important resources for anyone wanting to get an academic breakdown of a number of issues people don''t necessarily know when reading the Bible alone.

However, my main gripe with this volume, which ultimately led me to return the product, is that the pages are so incredibly thin that the paper is practically translucent, with words from 4 or 5 pages away being visible under whatever you attempt to read. Frankly, this strains my eyes and becomes unbearable if reading more than a few sentences. I can only assume they went with the thinnest possible paper in order not to make this work more massive than it already is, but I''d prefer a larger more legible tome than what was put out. If you are like me, just get the PDF version.

True Rating: 5 stars for scholarship, 1 star for book quality.
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Zada
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The Best Study Bible I have Ever Used
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2020
We used this in my Hebrew studies class, and it was one of the best texts I have used in such a course. While the pages are thin, it stood up well when I used pens to take notes. Also, the notes in the margins were extremely helpful and insightful, allowing a new... See more
We used this in my Hebrew studies class, and it was one of the best texts I have used in such a course. While the pages are thin, it stood up well when I used pens to take notes. Also, the notes in the margins were extremely helpful and insightful, allowing a new perspective. Into readings precede every book, and there are essays and additional sources in the back. I would definitely reccommend this to everyone, regardless of religion, as an amazing educational tool.
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NJ Cloister Collection
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Great for Christian''s deeper reading of the Hebrew Scriptures!
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2014
As a Catholic monk & priest I''m especially pleased with this Bible! The TNK translation is fresh and quite readable. But the commentaries are especially insightful, and have begun to deepen my appreciation for the Hebrew Scriptures, which I enjoy preaching on & praying.... See more
As a Catholic monk & priest I''m especially pleased with this Bible! The TNK translation is fresh and quite readable. But the commentaries are especially insightful, and have begun to deepen my appreciation for the Hebrew Scriptures, which I enjoy preaching on & praying. My slow reading of Genesis & accompanying commentary have been a marvelous gift. My only concern is the paper: It''s sufficiently opaque but seems fragile. So I''m careful & find turning pages a bit tricky at times. But I love this Bible & look forward to an ongoing Jewish reading of the Scriptures. A great investment & recommended but a Jewish colleague!
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ML/NJ
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WOW !!
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2020
I just received this book. I was a bit hesitant about buying it because I already have more than a few Biblical Commentaries on my shelf. (Stone, Alter, Jerome, and numerous Torah commentaries.) Did I really need another one? But I''m taking a class with one of the... See more
I just received this book. I was a bit hesitant about buying it because I already have more than a few Biblical Commentaries on my shelf. (Stone, Alter, Jerome, and numerous Torah commentaries.) Did I really need another one? But I''m taking a class with one of the contributors and he and several class members I respect spoke highly about it. So I bit the bullet.

I opened it up and tried to get a sense of its contents. I looked at passages that I have an opinion about. I looked at the Table of Contents. There are 388 dense pages of scholarly essays in addition to introductions to each Biblical book and running textual comments which fill about one third of each of the text pages. There are numerous maps, tables, charts and a glossary. I''m sure I will refer to this book often as I continue my many decades of study of the Biblical text.

I was a bit concerned about the negative reviews which focused upon the construction of the book. It''s true that the pages are thin, very thin, but I only found this a problem when turning from one page to the next. If you want to see the printing on the reverse of any page you can do it, but only if you want to nit pick in my opinion. Every page I looked at was very readable. The binding on the copy I received seems very secure and opens flat to every one of the 2300+ pages.
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Laura Miller
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Thank you!
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2017
What a wonderful study Bible! It arrived carefully wrapped and in perfect condition. This edition is even better than the first edition. I am combining an International Study Bible I have been working in for 18 years with this Bible''s corrections and commentary and some... See more
What a wonderful study Bible! It arrived carefully wrapped and in perfect condition. This edition is even better than the first edition. I am combining an International Study Bible I have been working in for 18 years with this Bible''s corrections and commentary and some illustrations and will begin again when I finish this older Inductive study. I am so excited to have this precious Bible- thank you so much for your great care in wrapping!
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Joel L. Watts
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this is for the 2nd edition
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2014
The (now) first Jewish Study Bible (JSB) was a major breakthrough in establishing a critical, yet faithful, study system for the Jewish canon (for Protestants, the Old Testament). It brought to the table both modern research as well as rabbinical sayings, easily competing... See more
The (now) first Jewish Study Bible (JSB) was a major breakthrough in establishing a critical, yet faithful, study system for the Jewish canon (for Protestants, the Old Testament). It brought to the table both modern research as well as rabbinical sayings, easily competing with other critical study bibles not only for attention but for depth and clarity. It has been my go-to bible for much of my study in the Jewish Scriptures. Not bad for an "experiment" (as the editors call the first edition) and a winner of the National Jewish Book Award (2004). With the second edition (again edited by Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler), what was good before is now great. I simply have no other words to describe it.

The barebones of the JSB has remained the same. The Jewish Publication Society (JPS) 1985 translation has remained the same. The introductions to the books of bible are virtually unchanged, but the notes have been revised. According to the second edition''s preface, "over one-third" is new. This means we have updated scholarship, new voices, and more importantly in this last category, new voices that include women and Israeli scholars. In the first edition, some essays are simply revised essays from the New Oxford Annotated Bible, but in this one, the editors sought completely new essays on the same topics while asking for revisions of previous ones. Likewise, new essays are added — such as the additions of "Reading Biblical Narrative" and "Reading Biblical Law" to the stand alone essay of "Reading Biblical Poetry."

One new essay of note is "Gender in the Bible"(2177–84) by Marc Zvi Brettler. Brettler is a co-editor of the volume, the Dora Golding Professor at Brandeis University, and the author of numerous scholarly works examining the Jewish Scriptures (including serving as co-editor on Amy Jill Levine''s The Jewish Annotated New Testament, also by Oxford). He notes the difference between "gender" ("enacted") and "sex" ("biological"). No doubt this differentiation will concern some, but Brettler is able to show easily why it needs to be. Even a woman can share the (en)action of a man (masculinity) — and the bible''s idea of masculinity often changes based on perspective. In once sense, masculine means warrior while in another time, masculine meant a devoted student. "The diversity of models should not be surprising, since the Bible is a complex work with multiple perspectives on many issues."

When it comes to specific roles, Brettler breaks down the language to show that while ancient Israel and Judaism was indeed male-centric, it was not exactly patriarchal. Nor was it homogenous. Women did have specific roles, but in some portions of Scripture, women shared in roles usually thought to be the sole domain of men (for instance, Brettler points out the Nazarites and prophets). This doesn''t mean Brettler is a wild-eyed liberal, nor given to exaggeration of Scripture. His attention to the verse rather than later culturally influenced readings is made readily apparent when he explores the masculinity of God. He does, in all fairness, give time to scholars who disagree with him, but in the end maintains the explicitness of the bible. "Gender is central to one''s identity and should be immediately evident. Males should act and look like males, and females should act and look like females, and both genders should worship a masculine God" (2184). This section in particular is prefaced with a warning that "all religions...change over time" (2182). We are not told what to think, only what the facts are in determining how we think.

Each essay is based on solid scholarship that remains within the biblical realm. Of note, Jon Levinson''s introduction to Bere''s*** (Genesis) ends with, "if J, E, P, and various equally anonymous sources and redactors are its human authors, nothing ensures that God is not its ultimate Author" (10).

My only issue with the bible is the cover. I am going to heavily use this one and I am fearful I will damage the white hardcover. JSB1 had a dust jacket and rough, dark colored cover. JSB2 lacks the dust jacket (thankfully) but has a white glossy cover. The quality of the book, however, is one that will last over time. The pages are thin (use an India marker) but so are most bible pages. (If this bothers you, note there is a kindle version.) JSB2 is set up a lot like JSB1, with the text in the upper portion, next to the spin, surrounded on the left/right and on the bottom by notes. Also included are the JPS 1985 translator''s notes. Throughout the various books, you will find charts and smaller maps to help guide the reader in understanding what is happening in the text and notes. Also include are full color maps like you would find in other bibles. This is a scholar''s bible, but it is a adherent''s book as well.

I have looked, but in vain, for a better study bible for those interested in engaging the Jewish Scriptures as Jewish. Granted, the Christian writings are mentioned, as are the rabbinical sages and both alongside critical scholarship. It does not exclude ecumenical inquiry, but it is the most useful when one is trying to determine how one portion of the text is seen by Jews. This is a great benefit, to be sure, to Christians and Muslims, scholars and theologians, if they are going to interpret the "Old Testament" as a Jewish document first. It is an intellectually stimulating study bible that must be on the desk of every serious student of Scripture.
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N L B Myers
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Useful, enlightening
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 31, 2020
A great resource. Note many of the articles and footnotes are written from a more critical position, so may not always sit comfortably with Christians.
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Papagena
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Lovely book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 13, 2020
I really love this book. Provides very insightful commentary alongside the text on every page. A nice hardcover. The only thing I would alert buyers to is that the pages are quite thin - but this is not a huge problem and the content and decent size of the book make up for...See more
I really love this book. Provides very insightful commentary alongside the text on every page. A nice hardcover. The only thing I would alert buyers to is that the pages are quite thin - but this is not a huge problem and the content and decent size of the book make up for it.
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Boetheus Prettypenny
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Paperback edition too unwieldy. Get the hardback.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 15, 2010
I bought the paperback edition but immediately swapped it for the hardback, which does not cost much more. The paperback edition tries to house the same 2,000+ pages, of dense india paper, in a flimsy paper cover, and the physics just doesn''t work. Unless you''re absolutely...See more
I bought the paperback edition but immediately swapped it for the hardback, which does not cost much more. The paperback edition tries to house the same 2,000+ pages, of dense india paper, in a flimsy paper cover, and the physics just doesn''t work. Unless you''re absolutely certain that you''re always going to use it on a flat surface, don''t bother with the paperback. It is uncomfortable and difficult to hold open, being very ''floppy'' - and a heavy floppy book you don''t want. The paper cover itself is thin and will crease very quickly. Fine, perhaps, if you just intend using this for a short intense period, but for a keeper, pay the extra and get the much better behaved hardback, which makes the most of this superb piece of production.
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Puffin
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Jewish perspective commentary useful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 16, 2017
Recommended by an acquaintance because it has a limited commentary included with the passages, which are helpful in putting the Jewish perspective into sermon research. Using it regularly.
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So helpful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 27, 2012
As a Christian Minister I have been for some time looking for a good translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. Only to find that I already has it on my bookshelf! The Jewish Study Bible is great - a good read with very helpful notes. I have enjoyed greatly the 24 essays that go...See more
As a Christian Minister I have been for some time looking for a good translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. Only to find that I already has it on my bookshelf! The Jewish Study Bible is great - a good read with very helpful notes. I have enjoyed greatly the 24 essays that go with the Bible. Have found this book to enrich my personal study and the sermons that I write. A very good buy. Book is a bit heavy - but with so much information that may be expected.
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