In this Book

Stringing the Pearls
summary
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 in further study if they choose. Stringing the Pearls is intended for all who would like to reach a greater personal understanding of the Torah, no matter what their biblical knowledge. An invaluable resource for Jewish learners, this book will also be an important tool for rabbis and for Jewish educators.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. How to Read This Book
  2. pp. xiv-xvii
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  1. A Note to the Christian Reader
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. What Is What: Some Basic Terms
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. PART I: Preliminaries: What Are We Talking About?
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. Starting Points
  2. pp. 2-8
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  1. 2. The Weekly Torah Portion: What Is a Parashah?
  2. pp. 9-18
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  1. 3. What Is the TANAKH?
  2. pp. 19-24
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  1. 4. Bible and Torah: What Is the Difference?
  2. pp. 25-28
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  1. PART II: Reading and Hearing
  2. p. 29
  1. 1. On Reading
  2. pp. 30-39
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  1. 2. Reading the Humash
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. 3. On Hearing
  2. pp. 42-44
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  1. 4. Hearing the Humash
  2. pp. 45-58
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  1. PART III: Some Major Approaches to Reading a Parashah.
  2. pp. 59-61
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  1. 1. Modern Historical-Critical Approaches
  2. pp. 62-80
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  1. 2. Premodern Ahistorical Approaches
  2. pp. 81-99
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  1. 3. Existential Readings
  2. pp. 100-104
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  1. PART IV: How to Read a Weekly Torah Portion
  2. pp. 105-106
  1. 1. Which Humash to Use?
  2. pp. 107-112
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  1. 2. Reading a Parashah: A Four-Step Process
  2. pp. 113-119
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  1. 3. What to Look for in a Parashah
  2. pp. 120-125
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  1. 4. The Fourth Step
  2. pp. 126-129
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  1. 5. Navigating the Parshiyot
  2. pp. 130-178
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  1. PART V: Commentaries: A Concise Guide
  2. pp. 179-182
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  1. 1. Humash Commentaries
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. 2. Other Historical-Critical Commentaries: The Anchor Bible Series
  2. pp. 189-190
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  1. 3. The Great Medieval Commentaries
  2. pp. 191-196
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  1. 4. Synthetic Commentaries
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. 5. Midrash
  2. pp. 199-201
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  1. 6. Women’s Commentaries
  2. pp. 202-204
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  1. 7. Web Resources
  2. pp. 205-206
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  1. Afterthoughts
  2. pp. 207-210
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-226
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 227-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-234
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