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I’m an engineer, graduated with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union, and working in that field in the Greater NYC area.

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Oct
27
comment What mark did the Lord put on Cain so no one would kill him?
You give no source for the speculation that Cain’s os mark is the same as the tav mark in Ezekiel.
Oct
27
comment What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
@user6053, I’m entirely unable to follow the argument you’re making. I don’t need Covenant Theology 101, but it would be helpful to say, “Based on ‹framework›, Jeremiah’s use of the term covenant means ‹meaning› and relates to other covenants ‹however›. Therefore, the ‘new covenant’ means ‹whatever›; it does/doesn’t apply solely to Jews;” (or, “in this context ‘Israel’ means ‹whomever›;”) “it is ‘written upon their hearts’ ‹thusly›; it reaffirms/modifies Israel’s rôle ‹however›; and it therefore preserves/changes/replaces the Torah ‹like so›”.
Oct
27
reviewed Leave Open What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
Oct
27
comment What mark did the Lord put on Cain so no one would kill him?
It’s a plausible guess, but on this site a sourced argument would be more appropriate. If you can find the Midrashic literature on the topic you might find a source that agrees with your guess, perhaps with more of an explanation.
Oct
27
comment What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
@user6053, even putting myself in the mind-frame to follow the logic of a Christian argument, I am entirely unable to see in your response an answer to the posted question. Is there any chance you might edit your post to make it clearer just what it is you’re saying and how it related to the original post?
Oct
27
comment What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
@BlessedGeek, the answer also conflates the “fences around the law” that the Pharisee rabbis instituted with the orally-transmitted Divine Tradition that they maintained, two things the rabbis taught but were very careful to differentiate. (Though perhaps Paul is responsible for this confusion. He claimed to have studied in Rabban Gammliel’s academy, but I don’t think he understood what was being taught.)
Oct
27
revised What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
answer bullet points explicitly
Oct
27
comment What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
I disagree with the close vote: these questions are so tightly linked I could not even give a simple answer to any without addressing all.
Oct
27
revised What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
Edited to address secondary question.
Oct
27
answered What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
Oct
26
revised What mark did the Lord put on Cain so no one would kill him?
Use Unicode Phoenician/Paleo-Hebrew Tau rather than a plus sign
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
18
reviewed Close How credible is the theory that Enki and Ninhursag influenced Genesis 2 and 3?
Aug
14
comment What biblical figure was present during the dinosaurs?
Every Biblical figure coexisted with dinosaurs: birds are dinosaurs.
Aug
14
comment Who were the Pharisees?
Regarding the use of the term perushim, Pharisees, my personal conjecture: Josephus implies that was the term in use at the time. The Talmud was written some centuries later at which point the libelous definition might have taken root, so that word was avoided. Alternatively, the term might have been used as a political identifier both for the Rabbis and for the unlearned folk who followed them, so a more narrowly-defined word (chaver, a “fellow” of the study-hall) was used instead.
Aug
14
comment Who were the Pharisees?
@BruceJames, this discussion touches strongly on my answer; note that I’ve added links to the Soncino translation of Sotah 22b there. I’ll disagree with you on the value of that translation: while being far more difficult to read, it preserves the “feel” of the Aramaic original quite well.
Aug
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the meaning of 2 Peter 3:8 (1000 years as 1 day)?
Aug
14
revised Who were the Pharisees?
Added links, expanded slightly
Aug
14
revised Who were the Pharisees?
Added links, expanded slightly
Jun
17
revised Is Leviticus 12 saying that giving birth to a child is a sin?
added reference, per Daи's request