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Stringing the Pearls How to Read the Weekly Torah Portion

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ISBN-10: 0827608683

ISBN-13: 9780827608689

Edition: 2008

Authors: James S. Diamond

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Diamond, a consummate teacher of the Bible, provides a clear and simple (but not simplistic) method for reading and understanding the weekly Torah portions. This is a how-to book, not an interpretive one. It is not a commentary on each week's reading, but rather an "instruction manual" on how each of us can read and interpret for ourselves the 54 Torah portions of the year. Diamond provides a set of structured guidelines to the readings, and then he leads us through one Torah portion from each of the five biblical books to give us examples of how we can continue the "stringing" process on our own. He concludes with a personal guide to recommended Bible commentaries so readers can engage…    
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
Publication date: 3/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.03" wide x 8.75" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

How to Read This Book
A Note to the Christian Reader
What Is What: Some Basic Terms
Preliminaries: What Are We Talking About?
Starting Points
The Weekly Torah Portion: What Is a Parashah?
What Is the Tanakh?
Bible and Torah: What Is the Difference?
Reading and Hearing
On Reading
Reading the Humash
On Hearing
Hearing the Humash
Some Major Approaches to Reading a Parashah
Modern Historical-Critical Approaches
Premodern Ahistorical Approaches
Existential Readings
How to Read a Weekly Torah Portion
Which Humash to Use?
Reading a Parashah: A Four-Step Process
What to Look for in a Parashah
The Fourth Step
Navigating the Parshiyot
Commentaries: A Concise Guide
Humash Commentaries
Other Historical-Critical Commentaries: The Anchor Bible Series
The Great Medieval Commentaries
Synthetic Commentaries
Women's Commentaries
Web Resources
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