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Jan
1
comment Where does the extra information about Melchizedek come from in Hebrews 7?
There is reference in Scripture to people blessing God, which would seem to negate your logic.
Dec
31
comment What's the importance of Melchizedek from a Hebrew Bible-only point of view?
Not really, @NiclasNilsson; see my edited answer.
Dec
30
comment Did Avraham marry Hagar? Did Ya'akov marry Zilpah?
Marrying a barren wife’s maidservant for children was well-established ANE practice; your question is dependent on what the status of this relationship was. The Biblical text is ambiguous, so I don’t think it’s possible to answer you question from there, but ANE scholars might know this from other sources.
Oct
8
comment Should 1 Kings 19:3 read that Elijah “saw” or “was afraid”?
Deliberate ambiguity is actually fairly common in Scripture; and you know it’s deliberate because there are alternate words available for either meaning.
Oct
6
comment Why does the Septuagint contain non-Tanakh books?
The Septuagint proper comprises only the first five books of the Torah; the rest is an accretion of translations from various sources. So any religious book popular enough to exist in Greek translation—or any that were written in Greek—would have ended up in the general “Septuagint”.
Aug
14
comment Why does Psalm 103:8 use the dual form of אַפַּ֣יִם (anger)?
Cf. also Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch ad loc., who translates אף as a panting desire or yearning; אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם then means “He long desires [repentance]”, similar in meaning but not identical to “long-suffering”=“long of patience”.
Aug
14
comment Should 1 Kings 19:3 read that Elijah “saw” or “was afraid”?
Are you suggesting that the author intended ambiguity, or that the question cannot be answered?
May
31
comment Synthesizing Differing Translations of Proverbs 18:24
BTW, the JPS seems to translate “אִישׁ רֵעִים” (ish re‘im) as if it read “יֵשׁ רֵעִים” (yesh re‘im). Perhaps it would be better translated, “A man [with] friends will come to harm, but….” Needs more research.
May
31
comment Synthesizing Differing Translations of Proverbs 18:24
@NoamSienna, good point on the pronunciation. I still need to indicate diaeresis on the last vowel; l’hithro‘eä‘, perhaps?
May
20
comment How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
@MatthewMiller, I didn’t think you’d meant that; I used that as an example of a clearly invalid reading.
May
20
comment How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
As an aside, rule #3 would tend to exclude most Christological readings of the Hebrew Bible [“Old Testament”]; Rabbi Hirsch would consider this a feature of his system, not a flaw.
Mar
28
comment Why did the Samaritans worship God in Mount Gerissim rather than Jerusalem?
@Mawia, they claim not to worship any god but God; and there’s no indication that there are any remnants of their old pagan worship still around. Things might have been different 2,000 years ago; you might get some interesting information by asking about the Samaritans on ✡.SE.
Mar
19
comment What did Isaiah intend with his unusual usage of “create” in Isaiah 45:7?
Zoroaster lived and taught long before Isaiah’s times (ca. 1000 BCE, vs. 700 BCE); the prophet may have been reacting directly to that philosophy. (Source: Rav Schwab on Yeshayahu.)
Mar
19
comment How many wives does Deuteronomy allow a king to have?
Actually, the fact that David did not marry Avishag is taken in halacha to indicate that he was married to the maximum allowable number of wives.
Jan
16
comment Did Pharoah have free will?
See also <aishdas.org/asp/2013/01/2-kinds-of-law.shtml>.
Oct
23
comment What do the days of Obadyahu's youth concern us?
Emphasis. It’s one word in Hebrew, and an easy way to emphasize what he’s saying.
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
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])?