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Ramban (Nachmanides): Commentary on the Torah (5 Vol. Set) [Hardcover]

Ramban , Rabbi Dr Charles Chavel


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Shilo Publishing House (NY) (January 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932443045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932443042
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 20.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 5 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,828,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible masterpiece Dec 11 2007
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This work is extremely comprehensive and in fact doesn't even contain the actual Torah, just the commentary (most commentaries have the Torah scripture at the top and corresponding comments on the bottom). The Ramban adds deep insights into the Torah, especially the mystical dimension. He also routinely disputes much of Rashi's comments, hence this work provides a different perspective on many issues.
I would definitely consider this a great tool for Torah learning.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAMBAN Commentary Dec 8 2009
By D. Raften - Published on Amazon.com
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The contents (entirely in English!) contains the unabridged commentaries of RAMBAN (Nachmanides). Many times, he presents Rashi's or Ibn Ezra's comments, then explains why he disagrees and presents his arguement. It is interesting to contrast the opinions. Kinda like having three books in one.

The format has a line from the Bible followed by the commentaries, so it would be helpful to have a copy of the Bible next to you when reading RAMBAN to see the context. This is just fine since the books are big enough as is.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 16 2008
By M. JONES - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Without being a biblical scholar one can get a great deal out of the Commentaries. The disputed meanings of this and that phrase going from the supposed "original" to translations and back to more up to date Hebrew
(which is still ancient) to "modern" commentaries of RASHI and Maimonides
and some others as well as ancient commentaries deal with the history of the linguistics as much as with meaning. The stance of Akiba is adopted by RAMBAN, which emphasizes underlying principles over exact wording.

Remarks on the TORAH prior to the actual commentary are quite interesting in light of subsequent events. Nachmonides says that the TORAH is an infinite well of knowledge which none can master fully. There is nevertheless deminishing returns on this study for all but the specialist.
The same words of RAMBAN may be said with greater reality and usefulness regarding science. Turning to some degree against TORAH study is essential for the existance as scientists and as Jews of such persons as Einstein and the many great, though somewhat lesser figures.

It is fun to read, though I think the translator left out a good deal. It is a small fault in such a good work. In other words the commentary should be advertised as an abridgement as well as a translation.

The notes of the translating and editing Rabbi are of considerable interest and value without giving dogma. But he does a great job. The faults are minor for such a lucid, readable text.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those for whom the Hebrew is difficult Jan. 30 2005
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For those for whom the Hebrew is difficult this work provides an excellent translation of one of the greatest of all Biblical commentators.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes difficult, sometimes accessible Sept. 27 2012
By Michael Lewyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Nachmanides' commentary, unlike a typical congregational Pentateuch (but like Rashi's commentaries) is five volumes, making it a slower read. In addition, Nachmanides focuses on grammatical and technical points, so he is not easy going for the beginner.

On the other hand, I like him better than Rashi- he is pithier, a bit more rationalistic (though at the same time an early Kabbalist), and less willing to follow the most fanciful possible midrash.

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