Mark Jay Mirsky

How Jewish Is the New ‘Jewish Study Bible’?

The Jewish Study Bible By Adele Berlin, Marc Zvi Brettler (Editors) and Michael Fishbane (Consulting Editor) Oxford University Press, 2,181 pages, $40. * * *|‘The Jewish Study Bible,” a hefty, 2,181-page tome published this year, packages a previously published translation of the Hebrew Bible together with extensive marginal commentary and

A Collection of Ancient Novels Plumbs Antiquity and Proselytizes for Piety

Ancient Jewish Novels: An AnthologyEdited and Translated by Lawrence M. WillsOxford University Press, 320 pages, $24.95.* * *|In “Joseph and Aseneth,” a “purer than thou” Joseph, the biblical patriarch and newly appointed regent of Egypt, meets the “holier than thou” Aseneth, virginal daughter of Pharaoh’s chief counselor. Aseneth —