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Oct
21
comment A woman is not to put on a man's dress?
Not an answer, but on this topic: In the halachik understanding of this verse, the prohibition extends beyond cross-dressing to either sex taking on the gender rôles of the other; specifically, women are indeed forbidden from going armed to war.
Oct
21
comment Did Moses have an Egyptian name?
Remember that Pharaoh’s daughter had contact with Moses’ family, and even hired his mother as nursemaid. It’s entirely plausible that she asked the family how to say “I drew him out” in their language and chose an Egyptian name that had a similar sound.
Oct
10
answered Did King Achashverosh (or his court) know that Mordechai was Esther's relative?
Oct
10
comment What is the significance of Methuselah's name?
R.S.R. Hirsch has an interesting take on the names of both antediluvian lines, referring to stages of deviation from and return to God’s will, and the attitudes of the leaders towards the hoi polloi. If I can find a copy handy I’ll write this up as a full answer, but from what I recall Hirsch translates Methuselah as “casting aside [shelaḥ] the ignoble masses [methu]”; i.e., while some in that generation were righteous, they ignored their responsibility to teach others.
Oct
5
comment Satan: Stumbling Block or Accuser?
Do you have a source for the root set ([שט] or [סט])?
Oct
3
revised What is the translation philosophy for tachash skins in Exodus?
corrected hebrew word
Oct
3
suggested suggested edit on What is the translation philosophy for tachash skins in Exodus?
Oct
3
answered Satan: Stumbling Block or Accuser?
Sep
27
comment Ecclesiastes 4:12 A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
Looks good to me.
Sep
27
comment Ecclesiastes 4:12 A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
@Kazark, I've up-voted your answer based on the first two paragraphs. I also commented to note my disagreement with the third. Would you accept an edit to add the qualifier “From a Christian perspective…” at the beginning of that last paragraph?
Sep
27
comment Ecclesiastes 4:12 A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
Jack & “swasheck”: Agreed. Somehow we ought to distinguish the applicability of a verse (which will often vary greatly between Jewish, Christian, & academic interpreters) and its meaning (which will sometimes vary too, but usually not as far).
Sep
11
awarded  Cleanup
Sep
11
revised Why does David mourn the death of his adult son Absalom and not the death of his baby son?
rolled back to a previous revision
Sep
10
revised Why does David mourn the death of his adult son Absalom and not the death of his baby son?
Moved doctrine-specific part of answer to comment
Sep
10
comment Ecclesiastes 4:12 A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
As @MonicaCellio points out, the trinity reference is not needed in the answer. From a Jewish perspective, this verse is Midrashically taken to refer to the Patriarchs. Not all of Abraham’s sons were worthy, similarly for Isaac, but Jacob’s sons had three righteous forebearers and so all turned out right since “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken”.
Jun
17
revised Why does Moses grill leavened bread on Yahweh's altar?
edited for clarity
Apr
12
answered Why was Abishag the Shunammite important?
Apr
11
awarded  Commentator
Apr
11
comment Why does God say he only revealed his name, Yahweh, to Moses?
The b- prefix would better translate as “with” rather than “in”, hence “with my name YHVH I did not make myself known to them”. Considering the strong association between name and identity, this can equally be read as a lacuna in the Patriarchs’ understanding of God’s YHVH-ness as their ignorance of the name.
Apr
11
revised What is Leviticus 13:55 all about?
Expanded answer, per comment.