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The First Book of the Bible: Genesis (Augmented Edition)
Jacob, Benno
Jacob, Ernest and Walter Jacob, editors

Jersey City, N.J.: KTAV, 2007 pp. xx + 358. $49.50

Description: The twenty-first century has rediscovered Benno Jacob (1862-1945). His exegesis of the Torah has informed a new generation of scholars and readers of the Bible. He was prescient as biblical studies are now less interested in speculation about the sources J, E, D, and P. He acknowledged that there were sources, but demonstrated that they could not be firmly established and that such scholarly efforts had obscured the meaning of the carefully preserved Masoretic text, its ideas, theology, ethical demands, and literary qualities. Benno Jacob understood the words of the Torah as thoughtfully, not haphazardly, crafted with concern for very detail. Jacob devoted a life time of study to a modern, many layered, omni-significant interpretation of the Torah. It is intended for lay as well as scholarly readers. His pioneer efforts have found broad appreciation during the last decades.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature

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Review by Joel S. Baden
Published 11/22/2012
Citation: Joel S. Baden, review of Benno Jacob; Ernest Jacob and Walter Jacob, eds., The First Book of the Bible: Genesis (Augmented Edition), Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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