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In the last century, a new way of looking at the Bible developed. Research into the ancient Near East and its texts recreated for us the civilizations out of which the Bible emerged. In this century, there has been a revival of Jewish biblical scholarship; Israeli and American scholars, in particular, concentrating in the fields of archaeology, biblical history, Semitic languages, and the religion of Israel, have opened exciting new vistas into the world of the Scriptures. For the first time in history, we have at our disposal information and method-ological tools that enable us to explore the biblical text in a way that could never have been done before. This new world of knowledge, as seen through the eyes of contemporary Jew-ish scholars and utilizing at the same time the insights of over twenty centuries of tradi-tional Jewish exegesis, is now available for the first time to a general audience in The JPS Torah Commentary. The Commentary is published in five volumes, each by a single author who has devoted himself to the study of the text. Given the wide range of perspectives that now exist in bibli-cal scholarship, the JPS has recognized the individual expertise of these authors and made no attempt to impose uniformity on the methodology or content of their work. The Hebrew text is that of the Leningrad Codex B 19A, the oldest dated manuscript of the complete Hebrew Bible. Copied from a text written by the distinguished Masoretic scholar Aaron ben Moses ben Asher, who lived in the first half of the 10th century C. E., the manuscript was completed in 1009 C. E. In this edition it has been arranged according to the weekly synagogue Torah readings. The format has been adjusted to correspond to that adopted by the TANAKH, the new translation of the Hebrew Bible, published by the Jewish Publication Society and utilized in the present Commentary. The Jewish Publication Society has completed this project with a full awareness of the great tradition of Jewish Bible commentary, with a profound sense of the sanctity of the biblical text and an understanding of the awe and love that our people has accorded its Bible. The voice of our new Commentary resounds with the spirit and concerns of our times— just as the Jewish spirit has always found its most sincere and heartfelt expression in its appreciation of the Bible; yet it acknowledges the intrinsic value of the tools of modern scholarship in helping to establish the original sense and setting of Scripture. With all this fixed firmly in mind, the Jewish Publication Society commits its good name and its decades of pioneering in the world of English- language Jewish publishing to this Torah Commentary with the hope that it will serve as the contemporary addition to the classic commentaries created by Jews during past epochs in Jewish history. Nahum M. Sarna, G E N E R A L E D I T O R Chaim Potok, L I T E R A R Y E D I T O R

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FRONT MATTERTitle PageDedication PageCopyright PageContentsIntroductionNotes to the IntroductionGlossaryAbbreviationsMapsWEEKLY READINGSBemidbarNaso'Beha alotekhaShelah-lekhaKorahHukkatBalakPhinehasMattotMaseeiTHE GENERATION OF THE EXODUS (1:1-25:19)The Organization of the Wilderness Camp (1:1-10:10)Census in the Wilderness (1:1-54)The Arrangement of the Camp (2:1-34)The First Levite Census (3:1-51)The Second Levite Census (4:1-49)Purification of the Camp (5:1-6:27)Final Preparations for the Tabernacle Cult (7:1-8:26)Final Preparations for Departure (9:1-10:10)The March from Sinai to Transjordan (10:11-22:1)From Sinai to Kadesh (10:11-12:16)The Reconnaissance of Canaan (13:1-14:45)A Miscellany of Laws (15:1-41)Encroachment on the Tabernacle (16:1-18:32)Purification from Contamination by a Corpse (19:1-22)From Kadesh to the Steppes of Moab (20:1-22:1)Balaam (22:2-24:25)Idolatry and Expiation at Baal-Peor (25:1-19)THE GENERATION OF THE CONQUEST (26:1-36:13)The Second Census (26:1-65)The Law of Succession in Inheritance (26:1-11)The Succession of Moses by Joshua (27:12-23)The Calendar of Public Sacrifices (28:1-30:1)The Annulment of Vows and Oaths Made by Women (30:2-17)The War Against Midian (31:1-54)The Settlement of Transjordan (32:1-42)The Wilderness Itinerary (33:1-49)The Division of Canaan (33:50-35:44)Marriage Requirements for Heiresses (36:1-13)NOTES TO THE COMMENTARYEXCURSUSESExcursus 1. Some Political Institutions of Early Israel (chap. 1)Excursus 2. The Census and Its Totals (1:1-40)Excursus 3. The Encampment (chap. 2)Excursus 4. The Levites: Guards of the Tabernacle (3:5-43)Excursus 5. The Encroacher and the Clergy (chap. 3)Excursus 6. 'Avodah : The Levites' Work Profile (chap. 4)Excursus 7. The Rationale for Biblical Impurity (5:1-4)Excursus 8. The Judicial Ordeal (5:11-31) Excursus 9. Adultery in the Bible and the Ancient Near East (5:11-31)Excursus 10. The Case of the Suspected Adulteress: Redaction and Meaning (5:11-31)Excursus 11. The Nazirite (chap. 6)Excursus 12. The Structure of Numbers (6:1-21)Excursus 13. The Priestly Blessing (6:22-27)Excursus 14. The Chieftains' Gifts and Sacrifices (chap. 7)Excursus 15. Moses' Audience with God (7:89)Excursus 16. Determining the Date of the Chieftains' Contribution (chap. 7)Excursus 17. The Menorah (8:1-4)Excursus 18. The Literary Structure of Numbers (8:5-22)Excursus 19. Levitical Kippur (8:19)Excursus 20. The Second Passover (9:1-14)Excursus 21. Trumpet and Shofar (10:1-10)Excursus 22. The Ark in War (10:33-30)Excursus 23. The Inverted Nuns (10:35-30) Excursus 24. The Structure of Chapters 11-12Excursus 25. Ecstatic Prophecy in Israel and the Ancient Near East (11:24-30)Excursus 26. Prophecy in Israel and the Ancient Near East (11:24-30)Excursus 27. Sanctifcation: Preparation for Theophany (11:18)Excursus 28. The Tent of Meeting: Two Traditions (11:16; 12:5)Excursus 29. The Structure of Chapters 13-14Excursus 30. The Scout TypologyExcursus 31. Caleb (chaps. 13-14)Excursus 32. Judgment and Mercy: Vertical Retribution and Salah (14:18-20)Excursus 33. Repentance in the Torah and the Prophets (14:19-20)Excursus 34. The Ger (15:27-29)Excursus 35. The Two Sections on the Purifcation Offering Excursus 36. The Penalty of Karet Excursus 37. The Case of the Wood Gatherer (15:32-30)Excursus 38. The Tassels Tsitsit (15:37-40)Excursus 39. Korah's Rebellion: A Study in Redaction (chap. 10)Excursus 40. Sacral Responsibility for Encroachment (chap. 18)Excursus 41. The Tenufah Offering (18:11)Excursus 42. The Terumah Offering (18:8,11,19)Excursus 43. First Fruits (18:12-13)Excursus 44. The Status of Herem (18:14)Excursus 45. The First- Born (18:15-16)Excursus 46. The Tithe (18:21-32)Excursus 47. The Structure of Chapter 19Excursus 48. The Paradox of the Red Cow (chap. 19)Excursus 49. The Effect of the Sinner upon the Sanctuary (chap. 19)Excursus 50. Magic, Monotheism, and the Sin of Moses (20:1-13)Excursus 51. The Encounter with the Canaanites (21:1-3)Excursus 52. The Copper Snake (21:4-9)Excursus 53. The Song of the Well (21:17-18)Excursus 54. The Song of Heshbon (21:27-30)Excursus 55. The Redaction of Chapters 20-21Excursus 56. The Unity of the Prose and Poetry in Chapters 22-24Excursus 57. Balaam and the Ass (22:22-35)Excursus 58. Balaam: Saint or Sinner? (chaps. 22-24)Excursus 59. Balaam: Diviner or Sorcerer? (chaps. 22-24)Excursus 60. Balaam and the Deir 'Alla InscriptionExcursus 61. The Apostasy of Baal-Peor (25:1-18)Excursus 62. The Apportionment of the Promised Land (26:52-56)Excursus 63. The Inheritance Rights of Daughters (27:1-8)Excursus 64. The Urim and Thummim Excursus 65. The Tamid (chap. 29)Excursus 66. Oaths, Vows, and Dedications (30:3)Excursus 67. The War Against Midian (chap. 13)Excursus 68. The Literary Structure of Chapter 31Excursus 69. The Literary Structure of Chapter 32Excursus 70. The Settlement of Transjordan (chap. 32)Excursus 71. The Integrity of the Wilderness Itinerary (chap. 33)Excursus 72. The Literary Structure of 33:5056Excursus 73. The Boundaries of Canaan (chap. 34)Excursus 74. The Levitical Town: An Exercise in Realistic Planning (35:15)Excursus 75. Asylum Altars and Asylum Cities (35:915)Excursus 76. The Postulates of the Laws of Homicide (35:1628)Excursus 77. The Redaction of Chapter 36NOTES TO THE EXCURSUSESExcursus 1Excursus 2Excursus 3Excursus 4Excursus 5Excursus 6Excursus 7Excursus 8Excursus 9Excursus 10Excursus 11Excursus 13Excursus 14Excursus 16Excursus 17Excursus 18Excursus 19Excursus 20Excursus 22Excursus 23Excursus 24Excursus 25Excursus 26Excursus 28Excursus 29Excursus 30Excursus 31Excursus 32Excursus 33Excursus 34Excursus 35Excursus 36Excursus 37Excursus 38Excursus 39Excursus 40Excursus 41Excursus 42Excursus 43Excursus 44Excursus 45Excursus 46Excursus 48Excursus 49Excursus 50Excursus 51Excursus 52Excursus 53Excursus 54Excursus 56Excursus 57Excursus 58Excursus 59Excursus 60Excursus 61Excursus 62Excursus 63Excursus 64Excursus 65Excursus 66Excursus 67Excursus 69Excursus 70Excursus 71Excursus 73Excursus 74Excursus 75Excursus 76Excursus 77
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