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Ramban: Commentary on the Torah - Bereishis / Genesis, Volume 1

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Ramban: Commentary on the Torah - Bereishis

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Ramban: Commentary on the Torah - Bereishis / Genesis, Volume 1
The Torah with Ramban's Commentary: Translated, Annotated, and Elucidated
By Rabbi Yaakov Blinder in collaboration with Rabbi Yoseph Kamenetsky
The Artscroll Series
Mesorah Publications, Ltd., 2009
ISBN 10: 1-5781-9425-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-5781-9425-4

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - November 6, 2009

Ramban - Bereishis / Genesis, Vol 1 is the first book in a seven-volume edition of the Chumash that focuses on Ramban's commentaries. Ramban is the acronym for Rabbi Moshe Ben Nachman, who is also known simply as Nachmanides. Ramban was born in Gerona, Spain in 1194 and he died in Eretz Yisrael in 1270. Revered as much in his own day, as in our own, Ramban's commentaries on the Torah are still studied today and they have greatly influenced Jewish thought, and theology.

This volume, which covers Chapters 1-25 in the Sefer Bereishis (the Book of Genesis), as well as its companion volumes, serves to make Ramban's commentaries accessible to both laymen and scholars alike. To do this, the authors have translated Ramban's commentaries into English, and have included them along with the Hebrew text, as well as detailed notes and explanatory material. They have included 'introductory comments' before most sections that serve as study aids, delineating what Ramban is setting out to do in the following commentaries, offering clarification of grammatical or technical points, or simply asking questions that will help set the framework by which you should/can study Ramban's words. As well, the actual text of the Chumash is provided in both Hebrew and English, along with the Hebrew text of both Rashi and Targum Onkelos. With the exception of the Rashi text, which is presented in Rashi script, the Hebrew text is presented with nikud (vowels) and punctuation is used throughout.

Part of the Artscroll series of translated texts, this edition of Ramban's commentary on the Torah is a must for all Jewish household and schools. The text is organized intuitively, effortless interweaving the Torah's text, with thousands of notes and explanatory material that will help to explain Ramban's commentaries. All together, this material will not only help you to understand Ramban's complex commentaries, but it will also greatly increase your understanding and appreciation of the Torah.


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