“The Commentators’ Bible: Deuteronomy: The Rubin JPS Miqra’ot Gedolot” by Michael Carasik— The Rabbinic Bible


Carasik, Michael. “The Commentators’ Bible: Deuteronomy: The Rubin JPS Miqra’ot Gedolot”, Jewish Publication Society, 2015.

The Rabbinic Bible

Amos Lassen

Another volume of “The Commentator’s Bible” has been publisher, “Deuteronomy”. “The Commentator’s Bible” was first published five hundred years ago as the “Rabbinic Bible” and the biblical commentaries that are included in it are known as Miqra’ot Gedolot and have inspired and educated generations of Hebrew readers. This fourth volume of the English edition and it again the voices of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Nachmanides, Rashbam, and other medieval Bible commentators in a contemporary English translation annotated and explicated for lay readers.

  Each page of this volume contains several verses from the book of Deuteronomy, surrounded by both the 1917 and the 1985 JPS translations and by new contemporary English translations of the major commentators. This edition also includes introductory material, a glossary of terms, a list of names used in the text, notes on source texts, essays on special topics, and resources for further study.

This is a great study tool for non-English speakers and is a first-rate scholarly work and invites one compare and contrast translations and interpretations spanning decades or even centuries. I am always amazed at how dependent I am on this when I study. It is beautifully laid out and easy to use. We are so lucky to have such a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips.

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