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Chanting the Hebrew Bible: the Complete Guide to the Art of Cantillation

Chanting the Hebrew Bible provides a fine history of the tradition and offers a comprehensive explanation of the practice, an explanation of regional variations and grammatical rules, and shows how chanting dramatizes and interprets the meaning within the biblical text. In addition, Jacobson shares his unique system of notation and supplies extensive examples of musical notation. 

  • Hardcover: 1000 pages

  • Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society; HAR/COM edition (June 25, 2002)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0827606931

  • ISBN-13: 978-082760693

Chanting the Hebrew Bible: the Complete Guide to the Art of Cantillation
​​Second, expanded edition (summer, 2017)

Features of the new edition:

  • A general subject index and an index to scriptural passages.

  • Revisions and corrections on most every page.

  • There is no CD in the back of the book. Instead, musical examples specific to the book are accessed at The website also has videos, articles and links to other sites of interest.

  • Improved typography (including the SBL Hebrew font) to produce a visually handsome and readable product. 

  • Revisions of the exercises and examples, based on more than a decade of teaching cantorial students.

  • A week-by-week guide to the Torah, haftarah and megillot readings for Shabbat and holidays: special melodies and customs, unusual pronunciations, pitfalls to avoid.

  • An updated bibliography.

  • Incorporation of new information made available since the first edition was published.

  • A comparison chart showing side-by-side the music for each ta’am in all six systems.

  • Suggestions for how to be an ideal reader and common errors to avoid.

  • This tome will also be available as an ebook.

  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society (June, 2017)

Chanting the Hebrew Bible: Student Edition

Joshua Jacobson s masterpiece the comprehensive 1000-page guide to cantillation is now available in this condensed, 300-page, user-friendly paperback edition. It is an ideal instructional guide for adult and young-adult students of Torah, for b nai mitzvah students; and for cantors, rabbis, and Jewish educators of all denominations.

Like the original edition, it includes an explanation of the tradition and a description of the practice of chanting, with all its regional variations and grammatical rules. There is detailed instruction, with musical notation, on chanting of Torah, and shorter instructions for chanting the haftarah, the megillot, and readings for the High Holy Days.

  • Paperback: 300 pages

  • Publisher: Jewish Publications Society (August 5, 2005)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0827608160

  • ISBN-13: 978-082760816

Salamone Rossi​​: Renaissance Man of Jewish Music
(December, 2016)

One of the most fascinating figures in the history of Jewish music is Salamone Rossi Ebreo of Mantua (ca. 1570–1630). Rossi was a bicultural musician and a bold innovator. He worked alongside Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Gastoldi in the Gonzaga palace, where he composed secular music in the latest styles. But in Mantua’s Jewish ghetto (Italy) he composed polyphonic motets to be sung in the synagogue with Hebrew liturgical lyrics – something that had never been done before.  Jacobson explores Rossi’s Jewish music and the community for which it was created. How did the composer reconcile the contrasting elements of Jewish liturgy with European-Christian polyphony? How was this controversial music received and how was it justified in the face of its opposition?

  • Publisher: Hentrich & Hentrich

  • Language: English or German

  • 54 pages, softcover

  • 10 illustrations

  • ISBN: 978-3-95565-187-9


Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire
Volume IV: Hebrew Texts​​

This book provides English translations and IPA transliterations of a large amount of Hebrew texts used in the works of various composers. An entire chapter is devoted to the texts of Ernst Bloch's Avodath Hakodesh. With prefaces, notes on using the book, and indices. The CD contains spoken examples of the texts.

1 book (xiv, 226 p.) + 1 compact disc; 28 cm.
Cloth or paperback

Publisher: Earthsongs
Language: English
Edition Number: TAH/H
ISBN: 0962153273
ISBN13: 9780962153273


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