Sunday, April 09, 2006

Arnold Eisen Books

The Jewish Forward says that Arnold Eisen, professor of Jewish Culture and Religion at Stanford University, has been nominated by the search committee to be the next chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Here are some books by Arnold Eisen.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Mikraot Gedolot in English! The Commentator's Bible: The Jps Miqra'ot Gedolot: Exodus

Torah fans, there is now a wonderful (partial) edition of Mikraot Gedolot - in English! The first volume, The Commentator's Bible: The JPS Miqra'ot Gedolot: Exodus has been published by the Jewish Publication Society, and now you can find Rashi, Ramban, Ibn Ezra, and the other commentators speaking, as it were, colloquial English. And yes, it is colloquial, not literal. Translator Michael Carasik purposely renders the medieval Torah scholars as if they were speaking modern American English, and they relate in their commentaries to the Torah text as translated by JPS. What an idea - to render authors who lived centuries ago so as to make them sensible to readers today.

A pleasure to read, and a wonderful tool for English readers to listen in on the conversations among the commentators across the centuries, all relating to the same text, and to each other. Official Jewish Book Mall rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Add this one to your Judaica library!