The Jewish Study Bible By Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler, eds. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. 2,143 pages.)

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Aubrey L. Glazer



Jabès’ aphorism captures the challenge to readers of scripture: how to preserve
the immaculate experience of the ineffable through a finite language
of maculate perception. The Jewish Study Bible [JSB] is a testament to the
human struggle with the divine as read through diverse interpretive lenses
throughout the ages. Editors Berlin and Brettler, along with Fishbane, have
compiled a first-rate Hebrew Bible that fuses the technically adept JPS
English translation along with introductions, annotations, and essays by
many of today’s established and burgeoning scholars. This model is based
upon The New Oxford Annotated Bible (p. xi), which abridges in-depth
essays by contemporary scholars into accessible versions for general readers
and undergraduate students. The balance between North American and ...

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