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The Torah: A Modern Commentary

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Nearly twenty-five years after the groundbreaking publication of the first-ever English language liberal Torah commentary, we present The Torah: A Modern Commentary, Revised Edition.

This volume features updated commentary and translations, including a gender-sensitive version of the JPS translation (Exodus through Deuteronomy), with largely gender-neutral God language and a completely fresh translation of Genesis by the late Rabbi Chaim Stern. In addition, the volume is reorganized by parashah and includes a helpful index and aliyot markers, improving upon the 1981 original.

As Rabbi David Ellenson, President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, states, “This book provide a dazzling compendium of sources both classical and modern, and a variety of voices that will enhance worship and study of everyone.”

This Revised Edition brings contemporary values and a fresh vibrancy to the 1981 Plaut edition, North America’s longtime most popular Torah commentary.

Purchase of this module includes a separate module (TMC-E) which contains the English translation of the Torah.

The Torah: A Modern Commentary (Revised Edition)
• Editor: W. Gunther Plaut
• Revised by: David E. S. Stein
• Publisher: URJ Press (2005)

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October 20, 2020  |  2:41 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
This (TMC-E) was my preferred Bible-translation of Gn for half a Decade. During 2020 I used Pearl of Great Price for the parts of and corresponding to Gn. Now I use these in this way and couldn't justify learning another language (Ugaritic) for more comprehension.
At the treshold level that it is, this purchase ?pid=Torah+Modern+Commentary is the best option for the vast majority of people. Anyone with Accordance 10-14, should have this module even if just using the Lite version and regardless of if doing OL except perhaps if You have Accordance solely for the technical Hebrew.
I also have the print Onkelos Numbers volume to complement.

What's listed in this review, and Biblia Hebraica Quinta, suffices for me for good.
January 26, 2018  |  5:01 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
This is another great commentary to have in your library. Clear and concise and very focussed. Totally endorse the reviews by Abram and dan.
October 11, 2014  |  6:25 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
This modern commentary on the Torah (Pentateuch) offers not only insightful notes of textual, historical and theological nature but also offers many wonderful essay's. In addition to this you have gleaning sections which are snippets from other sources ancient and modern; Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and secular sources to help illuminate the previous section. Lastly it comes with a new english translation of the Torah. The translation is very fresh, gender sensitive and still managing to be very reverent to the text. This volume belongs in the library of any Jew or Christian who loves the Torah and wants to gain modern insights from a Jewish perspective.
October 10, 2014  |  1:51 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the Torah Modern Commentary as I'm preaching through Genesis this fall (2014). It's really good! If you're on the fence and have the money, you should get it.

It even comes with an English translation (the Hebrew text mentioned on the product page appears to be still forthcoming, as of October 2014, but if you have another Hebrew text already, you can use that).

Between introductions, verse-by-verse Commentary, Essays, and Gleanings (insights from rabbinic commentaries and modern-day interpreters), there's a wealth of useful information here.

Highly recommended.