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Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Tikva Frymer-Kensky Awarded 2011 National Jewish Book Award for JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth

January 12, 2012

The JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth
The 2011 National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies has been awarded to Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and the late Tikva Frymer-Kensky for The JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth, published by The Jewish Publication Society.

As the longest-running North American awards program of its kind in the field of Jewish literature, the Jewish Book Council's National Jewish Book Awards is designed to recognize outstanding books of Jewish interest.

The JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth

The moving story of Ruth, with its themes of loyalty, lovingkindness (hesed), and redemption, is one of the great narratives of the Bible. The volume provides a critical, line-by-line commentary of the biblical text, presented in its original Hebrew, complete with vocalization and cantillation marks, as well as the 1985 JPS English translation. The extensive introduction places the book within its historical, literary, and critical context, discusses contemporary interpretations of the story of Ruth, and examines its major motifs and themes, among them: family, marriage and levirate marriage in biblical and ancient Israel, redemption and inheritance, hesed, and the book’s connection with the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Dr. Eskenazi is professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. She is the chief editor of The Torah: A Woman's Commentary, with Andrea L. Weiss (URJ, 2008), winner of the 2008 Jewish Book of the Year Award.

Dr. Frymer-Kensky was a professor of Hebrew Bible and the History of Judaism at the University of Chicago Divinity School and the author of several books, including Reading the Women of the Bible, winner of a 2003 National Jewish Book Award.

The Jewish Publication Society, founded in 1888, and the oldest not-for-profit Jewish publisher in the country, is renowned for its translation of the Hebrew Bible, the JPS TANAKH, as well as its acclaimed bible commentaries. For more information visit or contact Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz, Director of The Jewish Publication Society, at