Thanks to these generous donors for making the publication of this book possible: The Friedman French Foundation.
First published 500 years ago as the "Rabbinic Bible," the biblical commentaries known as the Miqra'ot Gedolot have inspired and educated generations of Hebrew readers. With this edition, the voices of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Nachmanides, Rashbam, and other medieval commentators come alive once more, speaking in a contemporary English translation annotated and explicated for lay readers.
Each page of The Commentators' Bible contains several Hebrew verses from the book of Exodus, surrounded by both the 1917 and 1985 JPS translations and new English translations of the major commentators. This large-format volume is beautifully designed for ease of navigation among the many elements on each page, including explanatory notes and selected additional comments from the works of Bekhor Shor, Hizkuni, Abarbanel, Sforno, Gersonides, and others. JPS is pleased to make available for group study and teaching purposes individual parshiyot (weekly Torah readings) from The Commentators' Bible.
Michael Carasik teaches Biblical Hebrew at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. from New College, a B.A. and M.A. in Jewish Studies from Spertus College of Judaica, and a Ph.D. in Bible and the Ancient Near East from Brandeis University. He is a regular contributor of articles and reviews to scholarly journals in the field of Bible, and the author of Theologies of the Mind in Biblical Israel.