Maggid Books Inaugurates New Major Series

Maggid Books, a division of Koren Publishers Jerusalem, is proud to announce the inauguration of the Maggid Studies in Tanakh, a multi-volume series that explores the texts, themes, and personalities of the Bible. Each volume features an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates traditional rabbinic interpretations with scholarly literary techniques.The innovative ideas that each author presents uncover the hidden layers of the Biblical text for a contemporary audience. With modern, accurate English translations, timelines, maps, and a sophisticated layout, Maggid Studies in Tanakh untangles the complexity of the biblical narrative for students and scholars alike.

The first two volumes are currently available. Jeremiah: The Fate of a Prophet by Binyamin Lau (released in July 2013), and I Kings: Torn in Two by Alex Israel (released in September 2013).  Joshua: The Challenge of the Promised Land by Michael Hattin is forthcoming.


The Koren Talmud Bavli has been named a winner of the 2012 National Book Award. Established in 1948 by the Jewish Book Council, the National Jewish Book Award is the most prestigious awards program for Jewish literature. The Koren Talmud Bavli has been awarded the prize in the category of Modern Jewish Thought and Practice category.

The Koren Talmud Bavli takes its place among other Koren publications that have been recognized by the Jewish Book Council in recent years: the Koren Sacks Siddur was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award in 2009 and the Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot was a recipient of a National Jewish Book Award in 2010. Koren’s imprint, Maggid Books, has won recognition by the Jewish Book Council for the following: The Blessing of a Broken Heart by Sherri Mandell, Subversive Sequels by Judy Klitsner and Covenant and Conversation by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

Koren Publishers will accept the award at the 62nd Annual National Jewish Book Awards Ceremony and Gala at the Center for Jewish History in New York City on March 14, 2013

Israeli Postage Stamp to Mark 50th Anniversary of The Koren Tanakh

The State of Israel will honor Koren Publishers Jerusalem by issuing a postage stamp to mark the 50th anniversary of The Koren Tanakh on December 12, 2012. The 9.40NIS stamp was designed by Israeli graphic artist Zvika Roitman, and features the Koren Jerusalem Bible alongside the Israeli flag. An accompanying envelope for the first day issue stamp features a quote from the former Speaker of the Knesset, Kadish Luz, who declared in 1962:  “From this day forth, all of Israel’s presidents shall take their oaths of office on this Bible.”The State of Israel selected The Koren Tanakh amongst thousands of entries because of the historical and cultural contribution it represents: it was the first Tanakh published in the modern State of Israel, and  the first  Tanakh to be designed, edited, printed and bound by Jews in 500 years.