How to Read the Bible


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Jewish Publication Society
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6.3 X 9.28 X 1.28 inches | 1.46 pounds
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About the Author

Dr. Marc Zvi Brettler is the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University. He contributed to all volumes of the My People's Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries series, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and to My People's Passover Haggadah: Traditional Texts, Modern Commentaries; Who by Fire, Who by Water--Un'taneh Tokef; All These Vows--Kol Nidre; May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism--Yizkor; and We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism--Ashamnu and Al Chet (all Jewish Lights). He is coeditor of The Jewish Annotated New Testament and The Jewish Study Bible, which won the National Jewish Book Award; co-author of The Bible and the Believer; and author of How to Read the Jewish Bible, among other books and articles. He has also been interviewed on National Public Radio's Fresh Air by Terry Gross.


"As a professor of biblical studies, I am frequently sent textbooks . . . and I often consult academic introductions to the field as well. None of them is as clear, sophisticated, and readable as this book. For Jewish and non-Jewish readers. . . . The book's accomplishments remain stellar."--Benjamin D. Sommer; Sh'ma/Koret Book Review--Benjamin D. Sommer "Sh'ma/Koret Book Review "
"Written for the beginning reader as well as the scholar, this is an outstanding introduction to the Hebrew Bible and the history of Israel, and should be widely read."--Publishers Weekly, starred review--Publishers Weekly
"One of the most exciting Judaic studies books I've read in years. . . . Brettler's writing is easy and clear enough for non-scholarly readers. I highly recommend his work."--The Reporter --The Reporter
"You probably need this book. . . . To help span the gap between lay reader and specialist, Marc Brettler has written an extraordinarily accessible book. . . . Brettler is clearly a master."