The Book of Ruth: Download a taste of The Israel Bible! On the festival of Shavuot, the Jewish People read from the Book of Ruth. The Moabite princess Ruth forges her path to Mount Sinai through her relationship with her mother-in-law Naomi. Ruth is associated with the holiday of Shavuot because, with great self-sacrifice, she finds her way to the ultimate truth of the Torah. As she movingly declares to Naomi, “your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”
The Five Scrolls eBook: Download a taste of The Israel Bible! From the 70th Anniversary Edition of The Israel Bible Journey through the Five Megillot (Scrolls) with insightful commentary and a special focus on the Land of Israel. Includes the full, original Hebrew text with clear English translation. This eBook contains the texts of all five scrolls: Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther. While each has its own unique content and style, they all offer insight into the connections between the Children of Israel and God, the Land of Israel and the Torah.
Kings eBook: Download a taste of The Israel Bible! From the 70th Anniversary Edition of The Israel Bible Though Sefer Melachim, the Book of Kings, is divided into two parts, Jewish tradition considers it a single book of 47 chapters. As we study these chapters, we experience both the highest points of the history of the children of Israel, and the lowest. Despite the tragic ending, the high points of the book allow us to maintain hope for future.
Numbers eBook: Download a taste of The Israel Bible! From the 70th Anniversary Edition of The Israel Bible When Numbers, Sefer Bamidbar (literally, ‘in the wilderness’) begins, the Israelites are in the wilderness, having left Egypt and received the Torah, and are preparing to travel to Israel. They are preparing militarily, and hence the English name of this fourth book of the Bible is ‘Numbers,’ since it begins with a census in which they organize and count their ranks. At the same time, they are also preparing spiritually for their life as a nation, following the laws of the Torah in their ancestral homeland.
Proverbs eBook: Download a taste of The Israel Bible! From the 70th Anniversary Edition of The Israel Bible Proverbs contains the collected wisdom of King Solomon, the wisest king to sit on the throne in Israel. In I Kings 3, the Bible relates how this son of King David achieved such greatness. God appeared to Solomon in a dream and offered him whatever his heart desired. Young King Solomon asked only for the wisdom to guide God’s people in righteousness. So pleased was the Lord with Solomon’s request that He also granted him great wealth and success.
Job eBook: Download a taste of The Israel Bible! From the 70th Anniversary Edition of The Israel Bible The Book of Job, is a complex work. It presents a number of questions which are very difficult to answer, the most famous of which is the question of theodicy: why do bad things happen to good people? Throughout the course of the book, Job is meant to learn humility and that it is not his place to evaluate or question God. In accepting his suffering, Job becomes a better person. As the commentary in The Israel Bible demonstrates, sometimes it is those that God loves most that He causes to suffer, because in doing so He makes them stronger.
Daniel eBook: Download a taste of The Israel Bible! From the 70th Anniversary Edition of The Israel Bible The book of Daniel tells of the dangers of exile, both physical and spiritual, encountered in foreign lands. Throughout the book, there are various attempts made to sever the Jews’ connection with their God and their land. Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah are thrown into a furnace when they refuse to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s idol. Daniel is thrown into a lions’ den when he continues to pray to God, contrary to the king’s decree. These righteous leaders are saved miraculously each time, showing the Jews that God has not abandoned them. This reassures the Jewish people that they are still connected to the Lord despite the exile, and will one day return to the Land of Israel as He promised.
Ezra-Nehemiah eBook: Download a taste of The Israel Bible! From the 70th Anniversary Edition of The Israel Bible Sefer Ezra v’Nechemya (Exra-Nehemiah) is the penultimate book of the Hebrew Bible. Though comprised of two smaller books, Ezra and Sefer Nechemya were joined, as they concisely discuss the same general era, the final period included in the Tanakh. While some of the recorded events occur in faraway Persia, the focus of the book is the realization of the yearning of the Jewish exiles to return to Eretz Yisrael.
Chronicles eBook: Download a taste of The Israel Bible! From the 70th Anniversary Edition of The Israel Bible The Book of Chronicles, Divrei Hayamim, is the final book of Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible. It is traditionally attributed to Ezra the scribe, a leader of the Jews who returned to the Land of Israel from the Babylonian exile. It contains a series of genealogies, as well as a review of many the events contained in the biblical books of Samuel and Kings, from the death of Saul and continues until the Babylonian exile, focusing primarily on the Kingdom of Judah. Concluding Tanakh with the Book of Chronicles, which strongly supports the Jewish people’s connection to their ancient homeland, highlights the central role of the Land of Israel, which appears so prominently in every single chapter of the Hebrew Bible, in the destiny of the Jewish people.
Psalms eBook: Download a taste of The Israel Bible! From the 70th Anniversary Edition of The Israel Bible The Book of Psalms is first and foremost a shining example of Biblical poetry. This genre conveys the word of God in a different medium than narrative; it focuses not on what one reads or hears but rather on what one feels and intuits. . In the Book of Psalms, God, the Nation of Israel and the Land of Israel are inextricably linked. When David speaks of the Judean desert, we know to which he refers; when David runs to the mountains, we can access that geographical context and be doubly enriched. Thus, every psalm is also a semi-history lesson of the Children of Israel and their deep relationship with the Land of Israel, the God of Israel, with their enemies and with each other.