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Summary

The JPS TANAKH: The Jewish Bible, audio version, is a recorded version of the JPS TANAKH, the most widely read English translation of the Hebrew, or Jewish, Bible. Produced and recorded for The Jewish Publication Society (JPS) by The Jewish Braille Institute (JBI), this complete, unabridged audio version features over 60 hours of readings by 13 narrators. For help navigating the audio version, download the listeners guide below.

Regarded throughout the English-speaking world as the standard English translation of the Holy Scriptures, the JPS TANAKH has been acclaimed by scholars, rabbis, lay leaders, Jews, and Christians alike. The JPS TANAKH is an entirely original translation of the Holy Scriptures into contemporary English, based on the masoretic (the traditional Hebrew) text. It is the culmination of three decades of collaboration by academic scholars and rabbis, representing the three largest branches of organized Judaism in the United States.

Narrated by Michael Bernstein, Theodore Bikel, Bruce Feiler, Tovah Feldshuh, Norma Fire, Kathy Ford, Lisa Kirsch, Harold Kushner, MD Laufer, Elizabeth London, Francie Anne Riley, Jonathan Roumie, and Marciarose Shestack.

Funding for this recording is made possible through the generosity of Aaron Feingold, M.D., in memory of Esther Feingold, who saw life "with a good eye" (Pirke Avot); Dr. Seymour and June Kessler, in memory of Harry and Rose Kessler, remembered with love; and Norman and Edith Weisfeld, in loving memory of Benjamin and Rose Krumholz, and David Weisfeld.

©1985 The Jewish Publication Society (P)2009 The Jewish Publication Society

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  • OL
  • Hanwell, London United Kingdom
  • 10-02-16

Spectacularly flawed

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This is an an excellent and scholarly transaltion of the Tanakh into contemporary English. However the lack of any naming of the 'chapters' makes listening on a Fire tablet a very hit or miss experiences (with far more misses than hits)

What other book might you compare JPS Tanakh to, and why?

Can you repeat the question, and listen to yourself this time!

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Can you repeat the question, and listen to yourself this time!

If this book were a film would you go see it?

The performances are excellent, but it is difficult to access a particular passage - for example to hear the week's Torah portion

Any additional comments?

An excellent product that is fatally flawed by the very poor numbering/naming of chapters.

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Nicely done

Good bible, but one thing let's it down. Extremely difficult to find the verse.you want. Can't understand why all audible bibles don't have an e-book to download with the bible. Would certainly make it so easy to find any verse, and would be worth the extra cost.

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  • Winifred
  • 20-08-12

Audio version needs a "Table of Contents "

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I would love to listen to selected passages, but I am unable to find a way to navigate. I feel this is particularly important for an audio Bible.

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  • Laura
  • 16-11-10

Excellent Readers

This reading is truly a story being told, not simply a dry reading, as I have encountered many times in the various translations I listen to.

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  • Marc
  • 30-07-11

Missing Several Parts

Part 3 ends with 1 Kings; while part 4 starts with Jeremiah. Where are 2 Kings and Isaiah? I have no idea.

The organization of the files -- or lack thereof -- makes it possible only to listen to this recording through. Why couldn't they have split the files into the books of the Tanakh, so that it is possible to choose a book to listen to? Instead the recording is split into 9 files with the same name, each of which is split into "Chapters" at random parts.

Audible, did you spend any time on transferring this to computer format? It seems as if you didn't.

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  • Flavjosephus
  • 14-12-15

Buffing takes too long

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I need to be able to jump around in the recording, this is not easy to do. It offen get stuck on Buffering the text. The chapters don't match the text chapters.

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  • fvandr4x
  • 29-11-16

Better Supplemental Audio Info

Where does JPS Tanakh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Number one

Any additional comments?

You need to provide a supplemental itemized list of the digital recording time line for each book of the Tanakh and the appropriate chapter

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Brett G.
  • 01-12-10

I love it!

What can I say, the narraters are superb, they put a lot of feeling into reading the torah portions. I love this audiobook and highly recommend it.

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  • James
  • 29-11-12

I was moved as God forgave and loved his people.

There is no other ancient writing like this. I was there in the story. I was moved by God's love for his people. The clarity of the text is remarkable. I have read many many ancient religious texts but none of them hold a candle to the Tanakh. God's relationship with mankind is clear.

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  • Craig
  • 27-03-13

Great translation!

What made the experience of listening to JPS Tanakh the most enjoyable?

The talent of the readers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Moses, because he was a multi-faceted personality.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Again, Moses.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was built up spiritually.

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  • John
  • 15-02-18

never know what book or what place you're going to

there's no way of knowing where to choose a place to start in reference to the actual book or the Bible and way too many advertising and discussions about the system the way it plays

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  • Bob Sminley
  • 04-05-17

Missing portions.

I am not 15 minutes in, and there are already missing portions. "And Cain said, ..."

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