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A Rabbi Reads Collection (3 vols.)

By Jonathan Magonet / SCM Press / 2004–2013


Print: $105.00


Jonathan Magonet comes to the Bible with enthusiasm, wit, and an infectious humor rare in biblical scholars. Magonet combines 2,000 years of Jewish Bible exegesis and insight with modern critical and literary analysis. His plain, straightforward style and experience in interfaith dialogue opens the Jewish tradition to a wide audience. Find unexpected insights into the Psalms, the Torah, and the writings of the prophets, and discover their relevance to personal, social, and political life today.

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Key Features

  • Applies centuries of Jewish exegesis and insight to the Old Testament
  • Explores the personal, social, and political relevance of Hebrew Scripture
  • Opens the Jewish tradition to a wide audience

Product Details

  • Title: A Rabbi Reads Collection
  • Author: Jonathan Magonet
  • Publisher: SCM
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 655
  • Resource Type: Bible Studies
  • Topic: Judaica

Individual Titles

A Rabbi Reads the Bible

  • Author: Jonathan Magonet
  • Edition: New
  • Publisher: SCM
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 227

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Read the Bible with rabbi Jonathan Magonet and tap into 2,000 years of Jewish exegesis. Magonet draws on his own creativity as a poet and songwriter to read the biblical text, and uses it as a springboard for exploring the character of biblical personalities. He moves comfortably between the worlds of religious tradition and the questioning of the modern secular person. His skills as a popular lecturer and broadcaster help shape this lively book.

Magonet opens up the Bible in a variety of unexpected ways so that all readers will find their perspective and understanding changed and broadened. Its gentle introduction to the world of biblical Hebrew will encourage readers to explore the Bible in its original language. Whatever your starting point, after reading the Bible with a rabii, you will never find the Bible the same again.

A Rabbi Reads the Psalms

  • Author: Jonathan Magonet
  • Edition: New
  • Publisher: SCM
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 223

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

After teaching the Psalms for 20 years, Jonathan Magonet has found that within the vast literature about them there is very little that introduces the kinds of interpretations made by the rabbis—whether ancient, medieval, or modern. Moreover, there are very few books which provide a user-friendly introduction to how one actually sets about working with the Hebrew text.

Magonet introduces the nature of biblical poetry, explores the poetic structure of the Psalms, and studies a number of psalms as a way of illustrating these aspects. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, as Magonet writes in a plain and straightforward style.

A Rabbi Reads the Torah

  • Author: Jonathan Magonet
  • Publisher: SCM
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 205

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The Jewish tradition of reading a section of the Torah on a weekly basis during the course of a single year is a challenge to find something new each time in a familiar text. These short studies, based on a popular radio series, offer unexpected insights into the very different materials to be found in these biblical books and apply them to the realities of personal, social, and political life today. Rabbi Magonet’s personal engagement in interfaith dialogue opens the world of Jewish tradition to the widest audience of those within and beyond our different faith communities.

Some people manage to write in just a way that mirrors their personality. Jonathan Magonet is one of those outstanding writers—his clarity, warmth, gentleness, and deeply knowledgeable and insightful reading of the Bible is both extremely rabbinic and also mirrors perfectly his personality. This book is a superb reading of the Bible for rabbis and lay people of all faiths and none.

—Laura Janner-Klausner, rabbi, Movement for Reform Judaism

The first chapters of the Hebrew Bible (the Torah) are vividly brought to life by rabbi Dr. Jonathan Magonet with his characteristic wit and wisdom. He shows how the moral issues that the rabbis debated are still relevant today.

—Marcus Braybrooke, president, World Congress of Faiths

About the Author

Jonathan Magonet is a British Jewish theologian, biblical scholar, and vice president of the World Union of Progressive Judaism.