I’m currently a high schooler looking for a pocket or travel size tanakh, and I’m overwhelmed with the differences between the different translations. I’ve never done any reading of the torah, and I’m Reform, so I’m not quiet sure what I’m looking for either. I just want to know which one would be the best for a beginner and not too overwhelming with extensive commentaries.
I’ve also read that other than those 3 main translations, there are alternatives like Everett Fox’s that try to mimic the same flow/wordplay as the Hebrew original. However they seem to be more expensive, less available (no pocket sized), and less widespread. Despite these downsides would more Hebraic-like translations be a better starting point?