Ramban (Nachmanides): Commentary on the Torah (5 Vol. Set) Hardcover – Jan 1974
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I would definitely consider this a great tool for Torah learning.
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.
(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.
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.