Levine, like all the JPS Torah commentators, makes use of traditional
rabbinic commentaries, and the Mishna, Midrash and Talmud. But it doesn't end
here: The commentary goes on to make good use of literary analysis and
comparative Semitics; inter-textual commentary relating each book to other
biblical books, and evidence from modern archaeological, discoveries.
Especially illuminating is his treatment and analysis of the meaning of Temple
sacrifices, described in the context of the Biblical world's era. This work
manages to be respectful, religious, and authentic to the Jewish tradition,
while at the same time rigorously adhering to the highest standards of biblical
criticism and intellectual honesty.