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The JPS Bible Commentary

Haftarot

Authored by Michael Fishbane, Ph.D.

Publication Year: 2002

The haftarot are an ancient part of Hebrew liturgy. These supplemental readings are excerpted from the Prophets (Nevi'im) and accompany each weekly Sabbath reading from the Torah as well as readings for special Sabbaths and festivals. Noted Bible scholar Michael Fishbane introduces each haftarah with an outline and discussion of how that passage conveys its meaning, and he follows it with observations on how it relates to the Torah portion or special occasion. Individual comments, citing classical rabbinic as well as modern commentators, highlight ambiguities and difficulties in the Hebrew text, which appears in concert with the JPS translation. The haftarot are also put into biblical context by a separate overview of all prophetic books (except Jonah) that are excerpted in the haftarah cycle.

Published by: Jewish Publication Society

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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CONTENTS

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pp. vii-xiii

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. xv-xvi

As I finish this work of many years, I first give thanks to God, EI IJey ha-'Olamim, the source of all life, for the strength and vigor to complete this large project to the best of my abilities. It is then with much love and gratitude that I give special thanks to you, Mona, my dearest friend and companion for a lifetime, for your love and kindness and w1failing involvement in all aspects of this labor, both theoretical and practical. You helped clarify ideas and issues as they arose, you provided editorial judgment and clarity whenever asked, and you unstintingly gave me the time to write and revise this commentary again and again, with unflagging support. ...

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OVERVIEW OF THIS BOOK

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pp. xvii-xviii

Traditionally when studying sacred Jewish texts, knowledge arises out of a series of encounters; the understanding of a subject grows by approaching it over time, again and again, from many directions. Correspondingly, this book is complex. It pulls together a wide range of aspects of the haftarah as a subject of ...

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. xix-xxx

The haftarot (sg., haftarah) are the prophetic selections recited publicly on Sabbaths, festivals, and certain fast days after the required portion from the Torah (Pentateuch; Five Books of Moses). These communal readings developed as a component of classical Judaism-in both form and function. First and foremost, they are one of the three basic features of the ancient institution of the synagogue, wherein the sacred Scriptures were read aloud and interpreted. Primary among these features is the recitation of the Torah in a continuous sequence, from beginning to end ...

NOTES TO THE INTRODUCTION

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pp. xxxi-xxxiii

ABBREVIATIONS AND OTHER CONVENTIONS

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pp. xxxv-xxxix

THE COMMENTARY TO THE HAFTAROT

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HAFTAROT FOR WEEKLY READINGS, GENESIS

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pp. 3-57

For a discussion of the prophecies and traditions in Isaiah 40-66 and a consideration of their historical setting and theological concerns, see the "The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 40-66" in "Overview of Biblical Books Excerpted in the Haftarot Cycle." See also the remarks on the several haftarah readings taken from this collection (listed in ''Index of Biblical Passages") . ...

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EXODUS

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pp. 58-105

For an overall discussion of the prophecies of Isaiah 1-39 and a consideration of their historical setting, literary style, and theological teachings, see "The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 1-39" in "Overview of Biblical Books Excerpted in the Haftarot Cycle." For a discussion of other prophecies from Isaiah 1-39 recited as haftarah selections, see the listing in "Index of Biblical ...

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LEVITICUS

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pp. 106-152

For a discussion of the prophecies in Isaiah 40-66 and a consideration of their historical setting and theological concerns, see "The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 40-66" in "Overview of Biblical Books Excerpted in the Haftarot Cycle." See also the remarks introducing the several haftarah readings taken from this collection (listed in "Index of Biblical Passages"). ...

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NUMBERS

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pp. 153-195

For the life and times of Hosea and a consideration of his prophetic message and theology, see "The Book of Hosea" in "Overview of Biblical Books Excerpted in the Haftarot Cycle." See also the remarks on the other haftarah readings taken from his prophecies (listed in "Index of Biblical Passages"). ...

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DEUTERONOMY

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pp. 196-229

For the life and times of Isaiah and a consideration of the content, style, and theology of the prophecies in Isaiah 1-39, see "The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 1-39" in "Overview of Biblical Books Excerpted in the Haftarot Cycle." See also the discussion of the other haftarah readings...

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HAFTAROT FOR SPECIAL SABBATHS

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pp. 231-263

For a discussion of the prophecies and traditions in Isaiah 40-66 and a consideration of their historical setting and theological concerns, see the "The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 40-66" in "Overview of Biblical Books Excerpted in the Haftarot Cycle." See also the remarks to the several haftarah readings from this collection (listed in "Index of Biblical Passages"). ...

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HAFTAROT FOR THE DAYS OF AWE

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pp. 265-284

For the structure and contents of the Book of Samuel and a consideration of its overall historiography and theology, see "The Book of Samuel" in "Overview of Biblical Books Excerpted in the Haftarot Cycle." See also the introductory comments to the several haftarah readings taken from this book (listed in "Index of Biblical Passages") . ...

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HAFTAROT FOR THE FESTIVALS

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pp. 285-325

For the life and times of Zechariah and a consideration of his teachings and theology, see "The Book of Zechariah" in "Overview of Biblical Books Excerpted in the Haftarot Cycle." See also the comments to the other haftarah reading taken from this book (listed in "Index of Biblical Passages") . ...

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HAFTAROT FOR WEEKDAY OCCASIONS

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pp. 327-335

For Jeremiah's life and times and a discussion of his thought and literary style, see "The Book of Jeremiah" in "Overview of Biblical Books Excerpted in the Haftarot Cycle." See also the introductory comments to the several haftarah readings taken from the prophecies of Jeremiah (listed in "Index of Biblical Passages"). ...

NOTES TO THE COMMENTARY

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pp. 336-378

OVERVIEW OF BIBLICAL BOOKS EXCERPTED IN THE HAFTAROT CYCLE

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Introduction to the Overview

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pp. 381-448

The prophetic literature constitutes the second of the three parts of the Hebrew Bible. The first part is the Pentateuch, or Five Books of Moses, known as the Torah; the second part is the prophetic literature and is designated by the Hebrew term Nevi'im, or Prophets; and the final part is a block of diverse texts known collectively as the Ketuvim, or Writings....

NOTES TO OVERVIEW OF BIBLICAL BOOKS EXCERPTED IN THE HAFTAROT CYCLE

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pp. 449-458

GUIDE TO HEBREW FOOTNOTES

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pp. 459-

TABLE OF TORAH READINGS

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pp. 461-462

INDEX OF HAFTAROT IN ENGLISH ALPHABETICAL; ORDER

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pp. 463-

INDEX OF BIBLICAL PASSAGES

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pp. 465-


E-ISBN-13: 9780827609648
Print-ISBN-13: 9780827606913

Publication Year: 2002