Thursday, October 13, 2016

The TANAKH by the Jewish Publican Society

I recently obtained a copy of the TANAKH tonight, the Jewish Publication Society's translation of the Hebrew Bible.

One of my Facebook friends who is an Episcopal priest and Hebrew Bible scholar says it is one of the one or two best translations of the Older Testament. Another priest friend of mine said it was his preferred translation in seminary.

Notice Psalm 1 translates "Torah" as "Teaching" rather than "law," as in most Christian-sponsored translations.

As a Christian, I recognize that the Teaching is based in the Older Testament, and continues in the Newer Testament.


"Let not this Book of the Teaching cease from your lips, but recite it day and night, so that you may observe faithfully all that is written in it. Only then will you prosper in your undertakings and only then will you be successful."

- Joshua 1.8 the JPS Tanakh

This translation really changes the way I think about this passage. Torah is teaching, not law here; we are enjoined to "recite," rather than "meditate" on the Teaching.

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