SET - 1996
Stone Edition of the Tanach
Old Covenant
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The goal of this edition is to help the people of the torah come closer to the Giver of the Torah. It is in response to countless requests from many sectors of the Jewish community for a one-volume Tanach that is accurate, graceful, clear, and, most of all, faithful to traditional Torah commentary. The translation balances the lofty beauty of the Hebrew with the need to provide a literate and comprehensible English rendering. Where a choice had to be made, the translators preferred fidelity to the text over inaccurate simplicity.

The name HASHEM (literally "the Name") is used as the translation of the Tetragrammaton, the sacred Hebrew Four-letter Name of God. For the Hebrew Elohim and El, which are more general and less "personal" Names of the Deity, "God" is used. Prophecies and prayers are indented for prominence. Because it provides clarity and perspective, the commentary is one of the most important features of this volume, despite its relative brevity. The comments are almost invariably drawn from Talmudic or rabbinic literature. The volume includes a generous selection of charts, illustrations, diagrams, and timelines, all of which assist in the comprehension of the text. To aid in the understanding of the context, brief notes appear alongside the translation, to introduce topics, summarize the flow of the narrative, and identify speakers. For the Hebrew text, the translators have followed the traditional editions that have been used for centuries.

The text is in English and in Hebrew, with the English being on the left and the Hebrew on the right. Following Hebrew tradition, there are twenty-four books, which include the thirty-nine of English-language versions.

This edition is dedicated to Irving J. Stone, who has been a lifelong pioneer in bringing new horizens to Jewish education. He was convinced that the way to bring Jews close to Torah was to bring torah to Jews.

Mesorah Publications (1998)

[Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom]


Genesis 1: 1, 2

In the beginning of God's creating the heavens and the earth -- when the earth was astonishingly empty, with darkness upon the surface of the deep, and the divine Presence hovered upon the surface of the waters -- ... .