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shirly_Natan

Faith overcomes physical strength

shirly_Natan Scholar said on 5/3/2010

Already at the beginning of 1Sam, chap. 17 the narrator supplies detailed description of Goliath: He is tall, well equipped with armor and w...

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shirly_Natan

Contrast as a prominent poetic technique

shirly_Natan Scholar said on 5/3/2010

In Ps. 30 we encounter poetic-literal contrasts. One of the main contrastive elements is the use of two opposite directions: going down to t...

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shirly_Natan

Eyes and ears

shirly_Natan Scholar said on 3/2/2010

The very same idea is found in the wisdom literature: "The ear that hears, the eye that sees— / The Lord made them both" (Proverbs 20:12). I...

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shirly_Natan

Stories of hospitality

shirly_Natan Scholar said on 3/9/2010

The story of the birth of Orion (Ovid's Fasti, V, lines 493-536) is a close parallel. The theme of hospitality is common to Greek, Canaanite...

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shirly_Natan

Baal is absent

shirly_Natan Scholar said on 2/25/2010

An Ugaritic passage in CAT 1.19 I: 42-46 is close to David's curse: "Seven years Baal is absent, / Eight, the Rider of clouds: / No dew, no ...

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shirly_Natan

Remark

shirly_Natan Scholar said on 3/3/2010

This is a staircase parallelism. Compare the Ugaritic passage "Now your enemy, Baal, / Now Smash your enemy, / Now vanquish your foe" (CAT 1...

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shirly_Natan

Long life reward

shirly_Natan Scholar said on 2/22/2010

The opposite idea is expressed in Proverbs 20:20 "One who reviles his father or mother, / Light will fail him when darkness comes." The lit...

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shirly_Natan

God as a warrior

shirly_Natan Scholar said on 2/22/2010

God is called "warrior" since he fights the Egyptians - his enemies. Israel's enemies are his enemies. This divine epithet is one of severa...

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efrankel

The spirituality of eating

efrankel Scholar said on 2/15/2010

Although Judaism has had an ascetic strain in its history, for the most part, Judaism has celebrated the human body, and has made food an in...

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efrankel

Waiting for God

efrankel Scholar said on 2/15/2010

God instructs Moses to "come up to Me on the mountain and wait there," ve-he-yeh sham." The English translation is not precise here; God te...

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efrankel

Climbing Mount Sinai

efrankel Scholar said on 2/15/2010

In this chapter, a number of people "ascend" the mountain. God first tells Moses to come up. He comes up with Aaron, Nadav and Avihu, and ...

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efrankel

The Tables Turned

efrankel Scholar said on 1/26/2010

The last act performed by the Israelites as they leave Egypt is to strip the Egyptians of their silver, gold, and clothing. There is a cert...

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efrankel

God clothes Adam and Eve

efrankel Scholar said on 1/26/2010

After cursing Adam and Eve for disobedience, God dresses them in garments of skin, katnot or. This is the same term used to describe Joseph...

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efrankel

Motif of clothing

efrankel Scholar said on 1/26/2010

One of the motifs that runs through this parasha, operating on several levels, is the theme of clothing—Joseph’s famous coat of many colors,...

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efrankel

Clothing as symbol

efrankel Scholar said on 1/26/2010

When Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers and sends them home to bring Jacob and the rest of the family back to Egypt, what he giv...

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Elaine Adler Goodfriend

Egyptian background

Elaine Adler Goodfriend Scholar said on 5/25/2009

Name of extra-biblical primary source The Admonitions of Ipuwer Lemma the water that you take from the Nile—will turn to blood Analysis Drin...

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David E. S. Stein

Gender in NJPS

David E. S. Stein Scholar said on 6/22/2008

Lemma in Hebrew transliteration va-’ani `aral sefatayim Lemma a man of impeded speech Critique of social-gender ascription An appropriately ...

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David E. S. Stein

NJPS version history

David E. S. Stein Scholar said on 6/20/2008

Time Period Since 1985 Lemma Raamses Prior Version Rameses Aspect changed Spelling of proper noun History Altered in 2002, in some editions,...

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Elaine Adler Goodfriend

Ancient Near Eastern background

Elaine Adler Goodfriend Scholar said on 6/17/2008

Name of extra-biblical primary source The Vassal-Treaties of Esarhaddon; The Treaties between Hatti and Amurru Lemma visiting the guilt of t...

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Daniel Deutsch

Midrash: Classical Rabbinic

Daniel Deutsch Scholar said on 6/15/2008

Lemma wondrous power which the Lord had wielded Theme Theology Subtheme Understanding miracles Original Source B{Abbrev}{Glossary: Talmud}. ...

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