Biblical Archaeology Review 8:6, November/December 1982
Special Bible Section

The Torah, The Prophets and The Writings—A New Jewish Translation

By Marc Zvi Brettler

The publication of the third section of the Hebrew Bible, The Writings (Kethubim), marks the completion of the new Jewish Publication Society Bible translation, abbreviated NJPS.a This is the first Bible translation executed by a panel of Jewish scholars since the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Bible completed in Alexandria, Egypt, two millennia ago.

Like the Septuagint, the new translation was not translated at one time by one group of scholars. The Torah (the five books of Moses) was first published in 1963. The Five Megillothb and Jonah was published in 1969. The Prophets was published in 1978, and The Writings appeared in 1982.

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