JPS Torah Commentary Series | Reviews and Volumes

Reviews of the JPS Torah Bible Commentary Series

JPS Torah commentaryOn the Exodus volume:

From Library Journal: “. . . a masterful commentary by eminent scholar Sarna. Drawing upon classical and modern sources, Sarna’s exegesis and historical and philological interpretations are scholarly yet quite accessible to nonspecialist readers. Included are an introduction, six excurses on problematic subjects, a glossary, and notes. Sarna eschews any attempt to discuss the provenance of the Exodus text, although he does state that he considers Exodus a work of historiosophy (a document of faith) rather than a work of historiography… this beautifully formatted book will greatly help elucidate the text of a seminal book of the Hebrew Bible.”

On the Ecclesiastes volume:

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society: “This volume is a profitable resource for both scholars and pastors. Pastors will appreciate its brevity and clarity, and scholars will respect its depth and thoughtfulness.”

Purpose of the JPS Torah Commentary Series

From the publisher: “This JPS Torah Commentary series guides readers through the words and ideas of the Torah. Each volume is the work of a scholar who stands at the pinnacle of his field. Every page contains the complete traditional Hebrew text, with cantillation notes, the JPS translation of the Holy Scriptures, aliyot breaks, Masoretic notes, and commentary by a distinguished Hebrew Bible scholar, integrating classical and modern sources. Each volume also contains supplementary essays that elaborate upon key words and themes, a glossary of commentators and sources, extensive bibliographic notes, and maps.”

Volumes in the JPS Tanakh Commentary Series

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Genesis – Nahum M. Sarna

Exodus – Nahum M. Sarna

Leviticus – Baruch A. Levine

Numbers – Jacob Milgrom

Deuteronomy – Jeffrey H. Tigay

Ruth – Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Tikvah Frymer-Kensky

Esther – Adele Berlin

Publishers Weekly:

“This informative commentary . . . dissects the Book of Esther and, by extension, the Jewish holiday of Purim. Berlin begins with a lengthy introduction, discussing Esther as comedy and as Diaspora literature; the introduction does a fine job of explaining the Persian period and its various art forms.”

Ecclesiastes – Michael V. Fox

Journal of Hebrew Scriptures:

“The sum of the matter, when all is said and done, is that the JPS Ecclesiastes/Koheleth is a thorough, sensitive, and engaging study with much to recommend it.”

Jonah – Uriel Simon


“Simon’s commentary is a welcome addition to this excellent series.”

Haftarot – Michael Fishbane

David L. Lieber (1925–2008), emeritus president, University of Judaism (American Jewish University):

“Without a doubt, the finest commentary on the Haftarot I have studied.”

Commentary on the Haggadah: Introduction, Translation, Commentary – Joseph Tabor

Chicago Jewish Star:

“This is a significant and valuable work that, in examining the Haggadah from an historical perspective, offers insight into Jewish history as well.”