Commentary on the Torah
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A fresh, accessible commentary on the cornerstone of Judaism. Providing an all-new English translation alongside the original Hebrew text, top Judaic scholar Richard Elliot Friedman offers penetrating exegesis on the five books of the Pentateuch. Throughout, he integrates recent archaeological discoveries with his own expertise in comparative literature to present the Torah as one cohesive literary masterpiece.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 704
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 9.25 X 7.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0060507179
ISBN-13: 9780060507176

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In this groundbreaking and insightful new commentary, one of the world's leading biblical scholars unveils the unity and continuity of the Torah for the modern reader. Richard Elliott Friedman, the bestselling author of Who Wrote the Bible?, integrates the most recent discoveries in biblical archaeology and research with the fruits of years of experience studying and teaching the Bible to illuminate the straightforward meaning of the text -- "to shed new light on the Torah and, more important, to open windows through which it sheds its light on us."

While other commentaries are generally collections of comments by a number of scholars, this is a unified commentary on the Torah by a single scholar, the most unified by a Jewish scholar in centuries. It includes the original Hebrew text, a new translation, and an authoritative, accessibly written interpretation and analysis of each passage that remains focused on the meaning of the Torah as a whole, showing how its separate books are united into one cohesive, all-encompassing sacred literary masterpiece. This landmark work is destined to take its place as a classic in the libraries of lay readers and scholars alike, as we seek to understand the significance of the scriptural texts for our lives today, and for years to come.

Author Bio

RICHARD ELLIOTT FRIEDMAN is one of the premier bible scholars in the country. He earned his doctorate at Harvard and was a visiting fellow at Oxford and Cambridge, a Senior Fellow of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Haifa. He is the Ann & Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia and the Katzin Professor of Jewish Civilization Emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Commentary on the Torah, The Disappearance of God, The Hidden Book in the Bible, The Bible with Sources Revealed, The Bible Now, The Exile and Biblical Narrative, the bestselling Who Wrote the Bible?, and most recently, The Exodus. He was an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow and was elected to membership in The Biblical Colloquium. His books have been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, Korean, and French. He was a consultant for the Dreamworks film The Prince of Egypt, for Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers, and for NBC, A&E, PBS, and Nova.

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“...A remarkable work..Friedman is to be congratulated.”

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    The product did not really have a good commentary.
    October 7, 2013
    TEGID28
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    The commentary was very shallow in the commenting on the chapters.
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    June 27, 2011
    mike
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    As a self-study student of the Word (in particular the Pentateuch) I was surprised at how much insight this book contains. It seems at just about every page there is something new or though provoking. Get this book if you want to learn from one of the best scholars. It is well worth the price. No student of the Old Testament, or entire Bible for that matter, should not have this book missing from their library. It is more than just a commentary. It is a work of art.
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