Lost in Translation

The  Commentators'  Bible:  Exodus
Edited,  translated,  and  annotated  by  Michael  Carasik 
JPS,  368 pp.,  $75 

The  Commentators'  Bible:  Leviticus
Edited,  translated,  and  annotated  by  Michael  Carasik 
JPS, 270 pp., $75

The innovation of Bomberg’s Mikraot Gedolot was typographical, elegantly displaying the different commentators and the biblical verses they interpret on the same page. But, of course, it was not merely typographical. Like the printed Talmud, Mikraot Gedolot offers a synopsis in the most literal sense of the word—a seeing together—of commentators who lived generations and worlds apart.

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About the Author

Azzan Yadin is Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature at Rutgers University. His primary scholarly focus is on early rabbinic legal interpretation. He is working on a book-length study of Rabbi Akiva.


lkatzper Meyer Katzper on January 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm
I teach a class called Torah, Rashi and Commentaries. I have been considering using The Commentators' Bible for the attendees. The cautionary advice in this review has been very valuable for making a decision.

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