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JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus

by Nahum M. Sarna

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TitleJPS Torah Commentary: Exodus
AuthorNahum M. Sarna
PublisherVarda Books
Publication Date2004
SubjectTorah/Bible
Pages238


Description 

This is the commentary on the second book of the Bible in the renowned JPS Torah Commentary series. Drawing upon classical and modern sources, Sarna's exegesis and interpretations are scholarly yet quite accessible to non-specialist readers.

Included are an introduction, six excurses on problematic subjects, a glossary, and notes. The work makes use of literary analysis, comparative Semitics and evidence from modern archaeological discoveries.

Like all commentators in this series, Sarna draws extensively on Tanakh itself for the meaning of the text he comments upon: each page contains 20-30 references to different books of Tanakh. Now with the use of computer, all these references can be utilized by the reader in a new way.





About the Author 

Nahum M. Sarna ---

The Dora Golding Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University, Nahum Sarna is widely acknowledged as an academic innovator in the field of modern biblical studies. He is one of the greatest practitioners of Jeudische Wissenschaft, a movement with origins in the 19th century Germany. Sarna is an outstanding member of a school of Jewish American scholars who combine ancient Near Eastern studies with the rich history of Jewish biblical exegesis and oral tradition.



Contents 

CONTENTS

A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S vii

I N T R O D U C T I O N xi

G L O S S A R Y xvii

A B B R E V I A T I O N S xxi

THE COMMENTARY TO EXODUS

Reversal of Fortune 3

The Birth and Youth of Moses 8

The Commissioning of Moses 12

The Challenge of Leadership: Initial Failure 18

Divine Reaffirmation 24

The Plagues 29

The Last Act 38

Commemorative Rituals 46

The Exodus 49

The Song at the Sea: Shirat ha-Yam 54

Crises in the Wilderness: Water, Food, Amalekites 61

Jethro's Visit and the Organization of the Judiciary 71

The Covenant at Sinai 75

The Book of the Covenant: The Laws 87

THE TABERNACLE 119

Instructions for the Tabernacle 121

The Installation of the Priests 143

An Appendix to the Instructions 148

Violation of the Covenant: The Golden Calf 154

Renewal of the Covenant 164

The Construction of the Tabernacle 168

N O T E S T O T H E C O M M E N T A R Y 175

EXCURSUSES TO THE EXODUS COMMENTARY

1. The Hebrews 200

2. The Abandoned Hero Motif 202

3. God of the Father 203

4. 'El Shaddai 204

5. Tefillin 205

6. Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Law 208

N O T E S T O T H E E X C U R S U S E S 212

WEEKLY TORAH READINGS FROM THE BOOK OF EXODUS

Shemot 3

Va-'Era' 24

Bo' 35

Beshallah 49

Yitro 71

Mishpatim 88

Terumah 121

Tetsavveh 135

Ki Tissa' 149

Va-Yakhel 168

Pekudei 171



Reviews 

". . . a masterful commentary by eminent scholar . . . this beautifully formatted book will greatly help elucidate the text of a seminal book of the Hebrew Bible. Directed primarily to a Jewish audience (clergy, specialists, and general readers), it could also benefit non-Jewish clergy and specialists as well.

Library Journal






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