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Interpretation and Biblical Scholarship

כֹּל פֵּירוּשׁ שֶׁאֵינוּ עַל פֵּירוּשׁ הַטְעָמִים לֹא תֹאבֶה לֹו וְלֹא תִשְׁמַע אֵלָיו You shall not consent to nor listen to any interpretation which is not according to the interpretation of the te’amim [meaning the Masoretic vocalizations and accents]. Abraham ibn … Continue reading

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For the Prophet of Today was Called the Seer Before-times

In the course of human history, there have been many individuals who were known as a prophet; mostly, this title held a religious connotation, but in many instances, the prophet was also a military commander on the battlefield. The prophet, … Continue reading

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Courts and Jurisdiction

In parashath Shofetim [Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9], we learned that we were to take any case- which was too wonderful for the local magistrates- to the place YHWH chose to set His name- to the Kohanim and Judges presiding in those days … Continue reading

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Blasting the Shofar

Psalm 81: 4 reads: תקעו בחדשׁ שׁופר בכסה ליום חגנו׃ Blast the shofar on [at] the hodesh; on [at] the keiseh, for the day of our hag. Hodesh and keiseh were speaking of the same day- the first of the … Continue reading

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The Sons of Adam and the Fallen Line of Cain

The Biblical narrative of the fall of humanity, original sin, the first murder, etc. present some questions which have puzzled Bible readers for centuries. Some of the most often questions I receive are “Where did Cain get his wife?” and … Continue reading

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The Egyptian Background of the Exodus

This is a project I am working on regarding the Egyptian setting of the Exodus; this is a section in which I explained the naming of Mosheh (AS). I had to make a screenshot since WordPress has no Hieroglyphic formating. This … Continue reading

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The Aramean of Deuteronomy 26:5

You shall then recite as follows before YHWH your God: “My father was a perishing [אבד-oveid] Aramean. He went down to Egypt with meager numbers and sojourned there; but there he became a great and very populous nation. Deuteronomy 26:5 … Continue reading

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Meat and Milk- Is It Really a Matter of Kashruth?

Most Jews- Conservative, Liberal, and Orthodox- avoid eating dairy and meat products together; depending on how strictly they wish to observe the Kashruth, some will have separate utensils. This all stems from three commandments found in the Torah: רֵאשִׁ֗ית בִּכּוּרֵי֙ … Continue reading

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Grammatical Plurality and Polytheism

Throughout the ancient world, there are many references to deities in the plural- Ba’alim [בעלים], Elohim [אלהים], Adonim [אדנים], etc. Most translators of ancient texts tended to make it normative to portray this as a polytheistic reference. I have been pondering … Continue reading

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Ethos, Logos, and Pathos in the Story of Job

It is the same old story which has been rehearsed time and again in various times and various places−bad things happen to good people. This seems to be the way the universe works, because there is an abundance of terrible … Continue reading

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