JBF - 1957
The Jewish Bible for Family Reading
Old Covenant Apocrypha (part)
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This version, compiled by Joseph Gaer, was undertaken in the conviction that, with most of the impediments removed, the Bible would be read with ease and enjoyment by many who have turned away from it because of its obstacles, and that they would find in it the spiritual sustenance it has given generation after generation.

In this version, every chapter is accounted for. Yet, it is considerably shorter than any of the standard versions because all duplications, specifications, detailed descriptions of rituals, and genealogies have been relegated to summarized notes at the end of the book. The principal laws are given separately in a summary, alphabetically arranged. All obvious redundancies are omitted altogether.

The language approximates the Authorized King James Version more closely than any other version in English. The Hebrew Scriptures were compared word for word and sentence for sentence with the Authorized Version. All obscurities and archaisms were eliminated.

Each book of the Bible is divided into logical parts and identified by descriptive titles to guide the reader. Each group of books, as well as each book, is preceded by a brief introduction in which the historical background of the section is given, and the specific problems of the book are discussed.

It contains 1 Macabees from The Apocrypha. A brief digest of the books of the Apocrypha appear in the Appendix.

Thomas Yoseloff (1957)

[Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom]


Genesis 1: 1, 2

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the winds of God moved upon the face of the waters.