Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Complete Jewish Study Bible Book Review

Christians and Messianic Jews who are interested in the rich spiritual traditions of their faith will be thrilled with this brand new study Bible. The Complete Jewish Study Bible pairs the updated text of the Complete Jewish Bible with extra study material, to help readers understand and connect with the Jewish roots of the Christian faith.

The Complete Jewish Study Bible pairs the newly updated text of the best-selling Complete Jewish Bible with detailed notes and comprehensive study material to help both Jewish and Christian readers understand and connect with the essence of their faith—God’s redemptive plan for his people. Readers will be enriched through this Jewish reading of Scripture and the revelation of the long-awaited Messiah, Yeshua, throughout both the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament).
Key Features
  • Over 100 articles—categorized into twelve themes—run throughout the Bible covering topics such as Jewish Customs, Messianic Prophecy, the Names of God, Shabbat, the Torah, and moreOver thirty additional topical articles—ranging from such subjects as the menorah and repentance, to Yeshua’s “Sermon on the Mount” and the Noachide Laws (the laws given by God to Noah and subsequent generations) and their applicability to Gentiles—offer fresh insight and spiritual application
  • New Bible book introductions, written from a Jewish perspective
  • Follows the Jewish order of the Takakh’s books (Old Testament), the order with which Yeshua was familiar. Includes extensive bottom-of-the-page notes throughout to help readers understand the historical background and cultural context of the text
  • Provides Scripture readings for Sabbaths, Festivals, Feasts, and Fasts
  • Offers the original Hebrew names for all people, places, and concepts, as well as a pronunciation guide
  • Articles written by over thirty contributors (both Jewish and Christian), including Drs. John and Patrice Fischer, Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Rabbi Barney Kasdan, and many more
  • Featuring quotes and excerpts from well-known Rabbis and scholars, both ancient and modern, such as Dr. Walter Kaiser, Dr. Daniel Boyarin, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Rabbi Gamaliel, Rabbi Hillel, Rabbi Shammai, Rabbi Akiva, Maimonides, Dr. Michael Brown, Dr. Michael Rydelnik, and many more
  • In addition to these topical articles and detailed study notes, there are twelve tracks or themes running throughout the Bible with 117 articles, covering topics such as Jewish Customs, the Names of God, Shabbat, and the Torah 

My Thoughts:

I am really excited to share with you my favorite Bible. My family is a long time user The Complete Jewish Bible. We actually had the CJB when they had it available only in the New Testament. When The Complete Jewish Bible came available as a complete Bible we didn’t hesitate to buy it. As a Torah observant believer in Yeshua I really appreciate the Complete Jewish Bible. I was pretty excited to see The Complete Jewish Study Bible.

I love looking at G-d’s word through a Jewish context of the scriptures and seeing the culture and historical explanations.

This is a hardback Bible with an appealing cover. The binding is glued and I’m not sure if it’s sewn also. The only reason I mention that is that my other CJB has came unglued a long time ago. I hope this Bible will not come out and require me to tape it together. The paper is pretty typical of most Bibles. There is some coloring in the pages and borders to highlight certain areas.

There are two deep blue book marks in this Bible. Eight full colored maps and the font is a 10 point. The introduction of each book is colored and both the English and Hebrew names are included for each book.

In the back of the Bible:

Glossary of Hebrew Words(with pronunciation into English: its transliteration only. I would have loved to have the Hebrew included with the transliteration. The glossary is impressive and it also has the meaning or meanings of the word. Some have scripture references or the Parshah.

Index of the Tanakh Passages Cited in the B’rit Hadashah: There is 484 passages from the Tanakh that they cite a total of 695 times in the Bible.

Scripture Reading for Shabbat and the Festivals, Feast & Fast: The scripture reading is broken down by the Parashah, Torah, Prophets, and the B’rit Hadashah.

Festivals, Feast & Fast Scripture Reading Portion: is broken down by Event, Torah, Prophets, and B’rit Hadashah. Inlcluding 1st day, 2nd day, ect… or if it’s read in the morning, evening, and so forth.

Topical Articles Index: helpful articles to help you understand the Jewish context for the Scriptures, in the Tanakh (the Old Testament) and the B’rit Hadashah (the New Testament.

Theme Articles Index: 117 articles covering topics like Anti-Jewish Scriptural Interpretations, Covenants, Jewish Customs, Jewish-Gentile Relations, Holy Days in Israel, Sabbath, and other topics.

Biographies of Rabbis and Sages: 48 short paragraphs about these Rabbis and Sages.

There is a list of Contributors and a short bio on them.
Works Cited and Further Reading: list books and people who may help further your studies.

One thing I noticed is the Yiddish words have been taken out of the Study Bible. Not sure how I feel about that but, I do think it is confusing for some having Yiddish words in a Bible.

Overall, I really enjoy this Bible and would recommend this to someone without a second thought. 

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I received a free copy of this book to review from CWA Review Crew.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations

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