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The Contemporary Torah: A Gender-Sensitive Adaptation of the JPS Translation
Stein, David E. S., editor

Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2006 pp. xlii + 412. $28.00



Description: This adaptation of the JPS translation of the Torah (1962) will appeal to readers who are interested in a historically based picture of social gender roles in the Bible as well as those who have become accustomed to gender-sensitive English in other aspects of their lives. Many contemporary Bible scholars contend that the Bible's original audience understood that the references to God as male simply reflected gendered social roles at the time. However, evidence for this implicit assumption is ambiguous. Accordingly, in preparing this new edition, the editors sought language that was more sensitive to gender nuances, to reflect more accurately the perceptions of the original Bible readers.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Translation and Translation Theory

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Review by Linda S. Schearing
Published 10/18/2008
Citation: Linda S. Schearing, review of David E. S. Stein, ed., The Contemporary Torah: A Gender-Sensitive Adaptation of the JPS Translation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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