The Commentators' Bible: Genesis

The Commentators' Bible: Genesis

The Rubin JPS Miqra’ot Gedolot

Edited, translated, and annotated by Michael Carasik

Commentators' Bible Series

504 pages
Hebrew text


August 2018


$90.00 Pre-order

About the Book

The biblical commentaries known as Miqra’ot Gedolot have inspired and educated generations of Hebrew readers. With the publication of this edition—the final volume of the acclaimed JPS English edition of Miqra’ot Gedolotthe voices of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Nachmanides, Rashbam, Abarbanel, Kimhi, and other medieval Bible commentators come alive once more, speaking in a contemporary English translation annotated for lay readers.

Each page in The Commentators’ Bible: Genesis: The Rubin JPS Miqra’ot Gedolot contains several verses from the book of Genesis, surrounded by both the 1917 and the 1985 JPS translations and by new contemporary English translations of the major commentators. The book also includes a glossary of terms, a list of names used in the text, notes on source texts, a special topics list, and resources for further study. This large-format volume is beautifully designed for easy navigation among the many elements on each page, including explanatory notes and selected additional comments from the works of Bekhor Shor, Sforno, Gersonides, and Hizkuni, among others.

Author Bio

Michael Carasik teaches biblical Hebrew at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the compiler and translator of the Rubin JPS Miqra’ot Gedolot Commentators’ Bible series and author of Theologies of the Mind in Biblical Israel and The Bible’s Many Voices (JPS, 2014). 


“The JPS Commentators’ Bible is one of the most useful resources I have in my library. It opens the door to the wisdom of the classic commentators to Jewish students of all levels of Hebrew fluency. The translations are fluid and accessible, and this important work represents an invaluable invitation to join the centuries-long conversation of Torah commentary and interpretation.”—Rabbi Dan Levin, Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, Florida

“The [Commentators’ Bible] volumes have been given a layout and a binding that are simply a delight. They are printed with a clear script. The layout . . . is simple, allows quick reference, and invites the reader to join the centuries-long dialogue on the texts of Torah. As Carasik puts it: ‘The page is set up as a conversation among the commentators, in which the reader is encouraged to join.’”—Bulletin for Biblical Research

“Anyone who is unfamiliar with medieval commentary, or who is unable to study the commentators in the original Hebrew, will find The Commentators’ Bible a worthy addition to his or her bookshelves. Carasik has done a real service making this material available.”—The Reporter

Table of Contents

Conventions and Abbreviations
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s on the Page?
            Major Commentators
            Editor’s Annotations
            Additional Commentators
Principles of the Translation
The Commentators’ Introductions
The Commentators’ Bible
Names Mentioned in the Text
Source Texts
Special Topics
            Peshat and Derash
            Medieval Jewish Philosophy
            Nahmanides’ Mysticism
            Biblical Hebrew
Resources for Further Study
Other English Translations

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