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Complete Jewish Bible-OE [Paperback]

David H. Stern
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June 1 1998
Why is this Bible different from all other Bibles? Because it is the only English version fully Jewish in style and presentation. It includes Dr. Stern's new version of the "Tanakh" ("Old Testament") and his highly acclaimed "Jewish New Testament."

The Complete Jewish Bible:

- follows the Hebrew Bible order of the Tanakh's books, the order with which Yeshua (Jesus) was familiar
- makes no separation between "Old" and "New" Testaments
- corrects misinterpretations in the New Testament resulting from anti-Jewish theological bias
- offers the original Hebrew names for people, places, and concepts, using easy-to-read English transliterations
- focuses on Messianic prophecy
- gives the traditional weekly and holiday synagogue readings, plus relevant readings from the "B'rit Hadashah" (New Testament)

The Complete Jewish Bible:

- reconnects Christians with their Jewish roots and the Jewish people
- connects Jews with the Jewishness of Messiah Yeshua and Messianic faith

Other features of this Bible: a comprehensive introduction, a pronouncing explanatory glossary, a reverse glossary, and special maps to aid Bible understanding.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides Fresh, Accurate Insight Jan. 13 2003
Those reviewers who think that this translation is called the Complete Jewish Bible in order to 'trap' unsuspecting Jews into reading the New Testament have not read the authors information available on the first pages of the book. While writing this book to show the Jewishness of the New Testament to Jew and Gentile, the book can hardly be concidered deceptive...a glance at the back of the book or the table of contents will remind the reader that 'Bible' does not refer only to the Tanakh, so any Jew should realize that there is something else here.
For followers of Yeshua, however, this is a good translation that deserves it's spot on your study shelf along with your NIV, NASB, or NASB.
I have been using this translation for several years now and find it to be very accurate. I have compared it to several other standard versions and to several interlineary bibles and have been very happy with it.
As an example of the accuracy of the text, take, for example, the Greek word pisteo. The Greek word has several trasnlations: belief, faith, trust. In John 11:25, Yeshua mentions that "eveyone who (believes in, has faith in, trusts in) Me shall live even if he dies." If this is translated as believe, as it is in many translations, even the demons will live. But seeing that this word has several meanings, Dr. Stern uses other scriptures to decide that he will use the word faith. To put your faith in Yeshua is not the same as simply believing in Him.
I find that reading the names of people and places in Hewbrew rather than in English reminds me that the culture was different and I have to keep that in mind in understanding how it applies to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of Biblical scholarship! Aug. 20 1998
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Finally together in one volume, Dr. Stern's masterful translation the Jewish New Testament and a complimentary Tanakh (Old Testament). The Bible in it's Jewish context and message from Bereshit (Genesis) to Revelation.
Dr. Stern has translated the Complete Jewish Bible using Hebrew names and focusing on the Messianic storyline that flows throughout the whole of the Bible. Also of note is the breakdown of the Torah into the weekly parashah including Haftarah and complementary readings from the Brit Chadasha.
This is a must have for any true student of the Bible and a necessity for Jewish believers to have the Complete Bible from a Messianic Jewish perspective.
I hope that the Complete Jewish Bible is used regularly in synagogue services and in Bible studies to further the great revival of the Messianic movement. Dr. Stern has done a great service to the Messianic movement and hopefully for the Gentile Church to see that the message of the Scriptures both Tanakh and Brit Chadasha is the story of God's dealings with Israel and the glorious foretelling and revelation of Israel's Messiah, Yeshua.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book in the world! Oct. 22 1999
By A Customer
I can't imagine better reading than this. The Complete Jewish Bible is very close to my heart. It contains the lifegiving words of my awesome and mighty heavenly father and was transolated in beautiful modern language, incorporating age old Hebrew words, and re-establishing the Jewish roots of the New Testament as well as confirming the wholeness of God's word (Old and New Testaments) by my dearly beloved earthly father, Dr. David Stern. I highly recommend reading this translation, but more important than this, if you yourself are not acquainted with my heavenly father, get to know Him!!! And if you get a chance to meet my earthly dad, all the better for you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am absolutely LOVING this Bible. Sept. 5 1998
This is a must for anybody who is looking to uncover the Hebrew roots of their faith. It gives the reader an awareness of the jewishness of the Messiah and an understanding of the Bible like never before. I would recommend this to Messianic Jewish Believers, as well as all Christians. For people trying to witness to their Jewish friends, this would be an excellent gift to give to them. May you all be blessed by this wonderful gift. Shalom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work... Ignore the Criticisms April 8 2004
You are going to hear strong Criticisms from certain groups in regard to this translation... Ignore them. They revolve around the contemporary Paul debate which most Christians are ignorant of...
While I am not inclined to follow Stern in many places in regard to his Pauline interpretation, he does give a new angle to think about. By the way the Greek kartegeo in Ephesians 2:11-16 is a very technical term meaning to nullify the impact not abolish. Messiah nullifies the impact of the separation caused by Purity laws.
Stern takes does take liberties in places but honestly not any more than the NIV does from a Gentile Evangelical perspective. ALL TRANSLATION INVOLVES AT LEAST SOME ELEMENT OF INTERPRETATION. Certainly there are more "literal" translations but Stern's translation emphasizes often ignored or glossed background. Don't stop here though buy the commentary, start reading up on the New Perspective on Paul and start challenging your friends.
After that Learn Greek and Hebrew....
May the Shalom of God rest upon you
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Messianic perspective May 28 2009
I got this Bible because I'd started the online studies through [...] and wanted to check out the version the teacher used. I greatly appreciated the detail David Stern went to in describing his reasons for putting together this translation, as well his careful description of the process he took. It seemed a little odd though that he referred to those who asked him to put together a complete Bible as his 'fans'! Though from his writing, he seems a humble man.

While a little leery of any Bible translation that is done entirely by one person (The Message being the main example - that is a terrible and thoroughly new-age treatment of the original texts) this one is far truer to the original manuscripts, yet with a Hebraic perspective.

Remember, both Jesus and Paul were in a culture (Judaism) that had perverted the simple instruction of YHVH into a man-made system. Similar to way Christianity has perverted the message of the Word made flesh into a man-made structure that bears little resemblance to the original instruction of YHVH. Many of the Christian interpretations of Paul's letters in particular are subtly twisted to preach a message that is not in line with and sometimes opposite to Torah. As Peter put it, Paul preaches some things that are difficult to understand, and are twisted by those with perverse minds. The Complete Jewish Bible helps untwist some of these passages into a sense that does not seem to contradict, but rather helps 'fill up' the original.

The cover is pretty flowery, and I thought it could more aptly be called something like 'The Complete Bible - in its Hebraic perspective' though his choice sounds better, it certainly does offend those in Judaism. Those in Christian denominations that are even subtly anti-Semitic or dispensational could also be offended or leery of it.

All in all though, a good investment.
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