Reading List: Study with JPS


The Jewish Publication Society has been publishing thoughtful and thought-provoking books in Jewish literature and history for more than 125 years. This list highlights some of their Bible studies, commentaries, and other books helpful for devotion.



The Commentator’s Bible: Deuteronomy

Edited, translated, and annotated by Michael Carasik

“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 their book shelves. Carasik has done a real service making this material available.”—The Reporter


The Aura of Torah

Rabbi Larry Tabick

The Aura of Torah is more than interesting and thought-provoking readings of biblical commentaries. The exegeses, taken from the heart of Kabbalah and the writings of Hasidic masters, have much historical value and give the modern reader insights into the ways eighteenth and nineteenth century Eastern European rabbis wanted their congregations to think about life and the Torah.”—Fred Reiss, San Diego Jewish World


From Gods to God

Avigdor Shinan and Yair Zakovitch

“Shinan and Zakovitch paint a richly nuanced portrait of the biblical literature as an interlocutor in the debates of its day. . . . An illuminating, challenging look at the original significance of many of the Bible’s stories.”—Kirkus


The JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth

Ruth, the newest in The JPS Bible Commentary series, is a magnificent achievement. This commentary by Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Tikva Frymer-Kensky is an important addition to the extant scholarship on this biblical book.”—Jewish Book World


Maimonides and the Book that Changed Judaism

Micah Goodman

“With his characteristic skill and insight, Micah Goodman guides us through the beauty of Jewish philosophy, uplifting us from perplexity to enlightenment.”—Shimon Peres, former president of the State of Israel


The Bible’s Many Voices

Michael Carasik

“Carasik leads us gently through the texts. . . . The Bible gains a new vibrancy as we encounter more complexity and nuance.”—Rabbi Louis A. Rieser, Congregational Libraries Today

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