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Print Price: $60.50

2400 pp.
full-color map section & 24 b/w illustrations, 6.75" x 9.75"


Publication date:
October 2014

Imprint: OUP US

The Jewish Study Bible

Second Edition

Edited by Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler

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 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 growing 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.

Readership : Suitable for students and scholars of the Hebrew Bible, Jewish studies, Old Testament.

Maps and Diagrams
Preface to the 1985 JPS Edition
Alphabetical Listing of the Books of the Bible
Hebrew Transliteration
Guide to Abbreviations and Terms
Abbreviations Used for the Books of the Bible
Abbreviations and Terms Used in the Footnotes to the Translation
Abbreviations Used in the Annotations, Introductions, and Essays
Marc Zvi Brettler: Introduction
Jon D. Levenson: Genesis
Jeffrey H. Tigay: Exodus
Baruch J. Schwartz: Leviticus
Nili S. Fox: Numbers
Bernard M. Levinson: Deuteronomy
Marc Zvi Brettler: Introduction
Nili Wazana: Joshua
Yairah Amit: Judges
Marc Zvi Brettler: 1 & 2 Samuel by Shimon bar-Efrat
Ziony Zevit: 1 & 2 Kings
Benjamin D. Sommer: Isaiah
Dalit Rom Shiloni: Jeremiah
Tova Ganzel: Ezekiel
Ehud Ben Zvi: The Twelve
Marc Zvi Brettler: Introduction
Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler: Psalms
Michael V. Fox: Proverbs
Edward Greenstein: Job
Marc Zvi Brettler: Megillot (The Scrolls) Introduction
Elsie Stern: The Song of Songs
Adele Reinhartz: Ruth
Adele Berlin: Lamentations
Peter Machinist: Ecclesiastes
Adele Berlin: Esther
Lawrence M. Wills: Daniel
Hindy Najman: Ezra-Nehemiah
David Rothstein: 1 & 2 Chronicles
Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler: Introduction
Jewish Interpretation of the Bible
Benjamin D. Sommer: Inner-biblical Interpretation
Hindy Najman: Early Nonrabbinic Interpretation
Esther Eshel: The Bible in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Yaakov Elman: Classical Rabbinic Interpretation
David Stern: Midrash and Midrashic Interpretation
Barry D. Walfish: Medieval Jewish Interpretation
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson: The Bible in the Jewish Philosophical Tradition
Michael Fishbane: The Bible in the Jewish Mystical Tradition
Edward Breuer: 17th-19th C. Jewish Interpretation
Marc Zvi Brettler: Modern Jewish Interpretation
Biblical Ideas and Institutions
Stephen A. Geller: The Religion of the Bible
Jonathan Klawans: Concepts of Purity in the Bible
Oded Borowski: Daily Life in Biblical Times
Victor Avigdor Hurowitz: The Temple
Sasha Stern: Biblical Calendars
Baruch Levine: Biblical Festivals and Fast Days
Marvin Sweeney: Historical and Ideal Davidic Kingship
Jacob Wright: War and Peace in the Bible
The Bible in Jewish Life
Avigdor Shinan: The Bible in the Synagogue
Ruth Langer: The Bible in the Liturgy
Daniel Sperber: The Bible and Jewish Custom
Uriel Simon: The Bible in Israeli Life
Jonathan Sarna: The Jewish Bible in America
Adele Reinhartz: Jewish Women's Writings on the Bible
Leonard J. Greenspoon: Jewish Translations of the Bible
Backgrounds for Reading the Bible
Oded Lipschits: The History of Israel in the Biblical Period
Amitai Baruchi-Unna: The Geography of the Land of Israel
Aren Maeir: The Archeology of the Land of Israel in the Biblical Period
Jack Sasson: The Ancient Near Eastern Background of the Bible
Steven E. Fassberg: Languages of the Bible
Emanuel Tov: Textual Criticism of the Bible
Marc Zvi Brettler: The Canonization of the Bible
Jordan S. Penkower: The Development of the Masoretic Bible
Marvin Sweeney: The Modern Study of the Bible
Marc Zvi Brettler: Gender in the Bible
Adele Berlin: Reading Biblical Poetry
Yair Zakovitch: Reading Biblical Prose
Shalom Holtz: Reading Biblical Law
The Hebrew Bible in Other Scriptures
A.-J. Levine: The Hebrew Bible in the New Testament
Jack Lassner: The Hebrew Bible in the Qur'an
Tables and Charts
Weights and Measures
Chronological Table of Rulers
Table of Biblical Readings
Chapter and Verse Differences
Translations of Primary Sources

There are no Instructor/Student Resources available at this time.

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.

Jewish Annotated New Testament - Edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler
The Old Testament - Michael D. Coogan

Special Features

  • Informative essays that address a wide variety of topics relating to Judaism's use and interpretation of the Bible throughout the ages.
  • Section and book introductions that deliver insights into the background, structure, and meaning of the text.
  • Running commentary beside the biblical text that provides in-depth theological interpretation.
  • Features the Jewish Publication Society TANAKH translation.
  • Full-color Oxford Bible maps.
  • Verse and chapter differences between the Hebrew text and many English translations.
  • Table of Scriptural readings for synagogue use.
  • Glossary of technical terms.
New to this Edition
  • Over two dozen new and updated essays.
  • Updated annotations for nearly the entire Bible.