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Apr
7
comment What is a “covenant of salt”?
Salt is also an integral part of the kashering process of meat. If we assume that this tradition can be traced back to Mount Sinai then it also represents a usage of salt in the relationship between man and G-d.
Apr
3
revised Genesis 22: Jehovah Jireh
Added verse labels and fixed some wording.
Apr
3
comment Genesis 22: Jehovah Jireh
The unpointed text בהר יהוה יראה could mean either "on the mountain the L-rd will appear" or "on the mountain of the L-rd it will be seen." It is only the nikkud of the Masoretic text which tells us which one is the traditonal understanding. Ironically, the Chabad online translation is "On the mountain, the Lord will be seen," and I disagree with this.
Apr
3
answered Genesis 22: Jehovah Jireh
Mar
28
comment Why are there extra dots in Genesis 33:4?
It would be very interesting to see whether the text in which dots occur 15 times is translated in the Septuagint in such a way as to indicate that the dotted words had some sort of deeper meaning.
Mar
24
answered What is the usage in Psalm 23 of “through” the valley of the shadow of death?
Mar
22
comment Not singing the songs of Zion/Yahweh's song in Psalm 137
I would add that it merits discussing whether the subjects of Psalm 137 were actually Levites, and if so, why were they carrying their musical instruments with them seeing how the Temple were either destroyed or off limits.
Mar
17
revised Does Isaiah 7:14 refer to a virgin?
Corrected a typo.
Mar
16
comment Does Isaiah 7:14 refer to a virgin?
Here is a standard translation of Isaiah 7 which clearly translates עַלְמָה as "young woman." Interestingly, the Septuagint, which was originally a Jewish translation, uses the Greek word parthenos which implies virginity. But mainstream Rabbinic Judaism has rejected the Septuagint on grounds of this and other inaccuracies.
Mar
16
answered Does Isaiah 7:14 refer to a virgin?
Mar
10
answered Difference between dedicating a person vs a house in leviticus 27?
Mar
9
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Mar
2
answered Exo. 29:1 - Difference between לֶחֶם מַצּוֹת, חַלֹּת מַצֹּת, and רְקִיקֵי מַצּוֹת?
Mar
2
revised Is being “cut off from one's people” the cause or effect of sin?
Corrected a typo.
Mar
2
answered Is being “cut off from one's people” the cause or effect of sin?
Feb
23
answered Hosea 6.7: “like men”, “like Adam”, or “at Adam”?
Feb
22
comment Is this translation of Genesis 1:1 accurate?
The Targumim may offer some insight into your first question. For example, Targum Onkelos opens Genesis 1:1 with בְּקַדְמִין בְּרׇא יי "In the earlier times G-d created...". Targum Onkelos is considered to be one of the translations which remains most true to the original Hebrew text. And it is clear that the word בְּרֵאשִית was being interpreted to mean something other than the categorically first moment in time.
Feb
20
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Feb
20
comment Do the Dead Sea Scrolls argue against Aramaic primacy?
This is a brilliant response, but I wanted to add that Hebrew and Aramaic are both Northwestern Semitic languages and are very similar, though not so close as to be dialects. There would be little barrier for an educated speaker of one to master the other just as a native modern Spanish speaker could learn (and even can already understand) Portuguese relatively easily.
Feb
11
answered Who is the woman from Cush?