Item description for The JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot (English and Hebrew Edition) by Michael Fishbane...
Overview Each week in the synagogue, a portion is recited from the Nevi'im (or Prophets) that ties in with an earlier reading from the Torah. In Fishbane you'll find perceptive comments on the overall themes, historical background, and cultural elements in these texts, as well as their contribution to world Judaism. 700 pages, hardcover.
A National Jewish Book Award Finalist
The" haftarot" are an ancient part of Hebrew liturgy. These supplemental readings are excerpted from the Prophets (Nevi'im) and accompany each weekly Sabbath reading from the Torah as well as readings for special Sabbaths and festivals. Noted Bible scholar Michael Fishbane introduces each haftarah with an outline and discussion of how that passage conveys its meaning, and he follows it with observations on how it relates to the Torah portion or special occasion. Individual comments, citing classical rabbinic as well as modern commentators, highlight ambiguities and difficulties in the Hebrew text, which appears in concert with the JPS translation. The haftarot are also put into biblical context by a separate overview of all prophetic books (except Jonah) that are excerpted in the haftarah cycle.
Awards and Recognitions The JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot (English and Hebrew Edition) by Michael Fishbane has received the following awards and recognitions -
National Jewish Book Award - 2002-2003 Finalist - Scholarship category
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Studio: Jewish Publication Society of America
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.18" Width: 8.22" Height: 1.97" Weight: 3.4 lbs.
Release Date May 2, 2002
Publisher Jewish Publication Society of America
Series JPS Commentary
ISBN 0827606915 ISBN13 9780827606913
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More About Michael Fishbane
Michael Fishbane is the Nathan Cummings Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including The JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot (2002); the National Jewish Book Award-winning Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel; and The Kiss of God: Spiritual and Mystical Death in Judaism. Fishbane received a lifetime achievement award for scholarship from the National Foundation of Jewish Culture and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Michael Fishbane currently resides in Chicago, in the state of Illinois. Michael Fishbane has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Chicago Brandeis University University of Chicago Divini.
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Discovering Connections in the Text May 4, 2008
For nearly 2,000 years, every Sabbath in synagogues around the world, Jews have read aloud selections from the Hebrew Bible called "haftarot" (the plural of "haftarah"). Some say that the practice began in the second century of the Common Era, when the king forbade Jews from reading the first five books of the Bible -- the Torah -- and Jews read instead these thematically-linked parallels from the prophetic writings. Others say that the practice was meant to counter those who felt that only the Torah mattered.
All this leaves us today with a puzzle every Saturday. What was the connection between the week's haftarah and Torah readings that made the Rabbis choose this week's haftarah? The JPS Commentary on the Haftarot can help.
This is splendid scholarly work by a renowned professor. The JPS Commentary on the Haftarot masterfully introduces each haftarah reading, annotates the text, and describes the literary and other links between the haftarot and Torah readings. For insight and depth, this volume surpasses the other major haftarah commentary, Gunther Plaut's The Haftarah Commentary.
A useful but by no means essential study guide to the JPS Commentary on the Haftarot is available in Study Guide to the JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot, written by Fishbane's student Laura Suzanne Lieber.
The JPS Commentary on the Haftarot is a volume of the outstanding and growing Jewish Publication Society library of commentaries, which include JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis, Exodus: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New Jps Translation (J P S Torah Commentary), Leviticus: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New Jps Translation (J P S Torah Commentary), The Jps Torah Commentary: Numbers : The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New Jps Translation (J P S Torah Commentary), The Jps Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy : The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New Jps Translation (J P S Torah Commentary), JPS Commentary on Jonah, Jps Commentary on Esther (JPS Bible Commentary), Ecclesiastes: The Traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation (The Jps Bible Commentary), and JPS Commentary on the Haggadah: Historical Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (JPS Commentary). Many of these volumes, particularly Milgrom's Numbers, Tigay's Deuteronomy, and the present volume, are without peer for authority and completeness.
The JPS Commentary on the Haftarot opens up new understanding of important Biblical texts. It helps to make Sabbath reading more fulfilling. And it thus contributes magnificently to our weekly search for connections with the Divine.