The Commentators’ Bible: The JPS Miqra’ot Gedolot: Numbers
Carasik, Michael, editor
Philadelphia: JPS, 2011 pp. xix + 266. $75.00
The Commentators’ Bible, 3
Description: First published 500 years ago as the "Rabbinic Bible," the biblical commentaries known as Miqra'ot Gedolot have inspired and educated generations of Hebrew readers. With this edition, the voices of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Nahmanides, Rashbam, and other medieval Bible commentators come alive once more, speaking in a contemporary English translation annotated and explicated for lay readers.
Each page of this third volume in The Commentators' Bible series contains several verses from the Book of Numbers, surrounded by both the 1917 and 1985 JPS translations, and by new contemporary English translations of the major commentators. The book also includes an introduction, a glossary of terms, a list of names used in the text, notes on source texts, a special topics list, and resources for further study.
This large-format volume is beautifully designed for easy navigation among the many elements on each page, including explanatory notes and selected additional comments from the works of Bekhor Shor, Hizkuni, Abarbanel, Sforno, Gersonides, and others.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Numbers, Literature
Review by Bálint Károly Zabán
Citation: Bálint Károly Zabán, review of Michael Carasik, ed., The Commentators’ Bible: The JPS Miqra’ot Gedolot: Numbers, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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