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JStadlan Intermediate said on 10/29/2012

It's a matter of English grammar. The hebrew singular pronoun refers to the word "zera," seed or progeny. JPS uses the word offspring, whi...

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JStadlan Intermediate said on 10/29/2012

Something I'd like to research one day is whether any historical/literary correlation exists between the three traditional names/description...

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JStadlan Intermediate said on 10/28/2012

While there are many interpretations to this paradox, I just wanted to point out that this verse is the source for the idea that Adam & Eve ...

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JStadlan Intermediate said on 10/28/2012

In its attempt to justify Ecclesiastes as essentially a religious work, Kohelet Rabbah (midrash) portrays the sun as the horizon between "th...

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JStadlan Intermediate said on 10/28/2012

The two actions described here have two different objects--"seiva", aged, and "zaken," an elder. Accepting the premise of rabbinic exegesis...

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JStadlan Intermediate said on 3/4/2011

Aside from your conclusion that Miriam was the life of the party, there is no apparent reason why Miriam and the women would bring along tim...

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JStadlan Intermediate said on 3/4/2011

While the translation of "ish" as "one" does indeed retain the 'non-specificity and indefiniteness' of the term, it stifles the exegesis of ...

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JStadlan Intermediate said on 3/3/2011

This is a [potential] flaw the NJPS translation. Nowhere in the Hebrew verse is the word "kol", "all"/"every" used in regard to land animal...

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JStadlan Intermediate said on 4/18/2010

The word in question, "aral," means uncircumcised, (as the word for foreskin is "orlah"), the phrase being an idiom for "impeded speech." W...

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JStadlan Intermediate said on 4/4/2010

"...And darkness on the face of tehom..." "Tehom" is a peculiar word, appearing at only three other instances in the entire Pentateuch. So...

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Half Full or Fully Empty?

JStadlan Intermediate said on 3/29/2010

"And the Earth was tohu va'vohu..." begins the second verse of Genesis. This onomatopoeic phrase (as taught to day-school kindergartners i...

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Extra "Et"-tra, Read All About It!

JStadlan Intermediate said on 3/29/2010

"Et hashamayim v'et ha'aretz"--- Why the extraneous "et?" The Torah only needs one "et," because it can group "va'aretz" with "hashamayim,"...

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JStadlan Intermediate said on 3/25/2010

The keyword here is "excerpt." The Torah is not a list of laws or facts; it is a living, guiding book, and therefore, verses taken out of c...

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Oh My G-d! What's Your Name?

JStadlan Intermediate said on 3/29/2010

Bible critics love to point out inconsistencies in diction (for example, the names of G-d) between chapters of the Torah, claiming that the ...

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Religious Radicalism, Science & Arts, Chanukah

JStadlan Intermediate said on 3/29/2010

The passage on the Nazarite relates to an article I wrote last year: http://textinsight.blogspot.com/p/jewish-holidays.html

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In the Beginning G-d Created...Grammar Mistakes?

JStadlan Intermediate said on 3/29/2010

Sure enough, the first phrase of the Bible is grammatically incorrect, or at least it is according to most translations of the opening chapt...

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