Bruce James
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In Esther 5 why did Esther arrange a second meeting?
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According to Rabbi David Nativ's lecture "The Historical Framework of Megillat Esther," (translated by David Silverburg), Esther's goal is to create tension between Haman and the King. So by hosting ...

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In Isaiah 14:12 did the King James translator make a mistake using the term Lucifer to describe morning star?
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This chapter of Isaiah is an encouraging account of how the Jews will return to the Land and, to be blunt, thumb their noses at the King of Babylon. Verse 4 says, "And you shall bear this parable ...

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What is the point of Ezekiel not mourning his wife?
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Rashi explains, at verse 22, and others explain that God commanded Ezekiel to not follow any of the restrictions of mourning (from these verses, Jews actually learn the Torah's restrictions on ...

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Does the past tense in the suffering servant song (Isaiah 53) refer to Jesus?
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Jason: If you assume that the prophecy in Isaiah 53 actually begins at Isaiah 52:13 -- a line that uses the future tense -- then the text will read much differently than taught in church. We need to ...

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Did King Ahaz find a virgin mother?
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The answer to this question is that the sign given to Ahaz was not that there would be a virgin who would give birth. There are several facts that support this: A virgin birth is a sign too ...

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Is "revile the gods" (KJV) an accurate translation in Exo. 22:28?
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I'm going to make this simple because a lot of folks want to over-complicate things. The translation you use -- "Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people," simply doesn't ...

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What is the Fear/fear of Isaac?
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Jacob is using this phrase when talking to Laban while his father, Isaac is still alive, but after the death of Abraham. According to Rashi, and the Fear of Isaac: He did not wish to say, “the ...

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What species of eagle is depicted in Deuteronomy 32:11?
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I think that either the translation you are using, or your interpretation of what the text says, is flawed. The 13th century Jewish commentator, Rashi, says of this verse that the eagle's behavior ...

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Does Isaiah 11:3 involve smelling?
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I think others are over-complicating the text. Verse 3 says: .וַהֲרִיחוֹ בְּיִרְאַת יְהֹוָה וְלֹא לְמַרְאֵה עֵינָיו יִשְׁפּוֹט וְלֹא לְמִשְׁמַע אָזְנָיו יוֹכִיחַ Judaica Press translates the ...

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What else can "Fifteen cubits from above" in Gen 7:20 mean?
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Rashi, citing the Midrash at Genesis Rabbah 32:11, explains that "fifteen cubits above" refers to 15 cubits of water above the top of the mountains.

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To whom does the Psalmist refer to in Psalm 2:6 as "the installed King of Zion"?
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Jewish authorities are split on this. As mentioned in his verse-by-verse lecture on this Psalm, my late rabbi, Rabbi Gedaliah Anemer, zt'l, offered both the view that: (1) this Psalm is about David ...

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Is Ecclesiastes a book of negative wisdom?
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The Book of Ecclesiates, known in Tanach as Kohellet and attributed to King Solomon, was controversial even before it was canonized by the rabbis. Many verses troubled them because they contradicted ...

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Who is the desolate one and who is the one who is married in Isaiah 54:1?
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The prophets frequently compare the relationship of God and Israel as one similar to husband and wife. Song of Songs' erotic imagry embraces the mutual love of the two. Hosea, taking lessons from ...

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What is the significance of seal, cord, and staff?
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The answer is simple. These three item are unique to Judah and Tamar wanted them only to prove that Judah was the father of her child (and proving that she did not commit adultery, but had conducted ...

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Exo. 2:2: "...that he was good, and she hid him three months..."
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Interesting question. Rashi gives us unrelated answers to each question. First, citing a midrash contained in the Babylonian Talmud, Sotah 12a, and in Exodus Rabbah 1:20, a miracle occurred when ...

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In Exodus 2:12, did Moses commit murder?
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Under Jewish law he did not commit murder. The Egyptian was in Talmudic parlance a rodef -- a pursuer; i.e. one who was trying to kill another person or persons. In such instances, the pursued have ...

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What/where is Topheth?
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Rashi, in his commentary to this verse in Isaiah and in a parallel commentary to Bablyl. Talmud Eruvin 19a, says that this is Gehinnom -- the Jewish version of Hell -- where "whoever is enticed by ...

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What is the best translation of Job 6:14?
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Here is Rashi's analysis: "By one who withholds kindness from his friend and who abandons the fear of the Almighty?" By one who withholds kindness from his friend: Heb. למס, by one who withholds ...

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What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
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First, let me put into context that "new covenant" as used in Jeremiah does not mean a covenant that replaces an "old covenant." When we speak of "the Covenant" we are usually talking about the one ...

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What does the word 'evil' mean in In Isaiah 45.7
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I think it is absolutely wrong to translate רע as "calamity." From the context, and the context of similar verses, Isaiah is clearly stating that God is the Creator of ALL things, both good and evil, ...

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Does kôkābîm (כוֹכָבִים) in Book of Daniel refer to any bright objects in the sky?
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Rashi, here, explains that in Daniel's vision, the horns of the goat represent Persia and Media, and the stars it stomps represents Israel. God, speaking to Abraham, also compared the children of ...

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Why is the observation that "it was good" missing on the second day?
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Rashi simply explains that the work begun on Day 2 was not completed until the middle of the third day. Hence, an uncompleted piece of work could not properly be pronounced as "good." At verse 11, ...

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What was the 'reproach of Egypt' referred to in Joshua 5:9?
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The phrase חֶרְפֵת מִצְרַיִם refers generally to the fact that some Jews up until that point had retained some Egyptian customs (see Ralbag to Joshua 5:9), but more specifically, it refers to the ...

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Are there differences in how the Spirit empowers people?
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I have no problem with the verbs used. תצלח can mean "rested" upon or "came" upon or "passed upon" which are some of the translations that the Complete Jewish Bible (with Rashi Commentary) translates ...

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Why does the ESV use "surely" in Genesis 2:16 when all others say "freely"?
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While I partially agree with Davïd's analysis, I think it misses the point and context. Let's start with some fundamentals. First, lets consider the Jewish theory that while in the Garden of Eden, ...

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How to reconcile God's promise to Abraham with the current Jewish population?
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Abraham, at Gen. 22: 16-17 is promised that his descendants would be blessed with an "exceeding multiplication of his seed like the stars of the heaven and the sand upon the seashore." ...

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Can there be any eschatological claim made from 1 Samuel 28:19, concerning Saul in the afterlife?
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Yes, but the answer might surprise you. The rabbi's explain "in my abode" -- Because Saul felt shame for having slain the priests of Nob, he was forgiven this sin and could enter Heaven with Samuel ...

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How to understand Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13
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I don't think any of your four options answer your question. From an Orthodox Jewish perspective, the answer to your question is that each verse serves a different purpose. In the Torah -- the Five ...

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What were the translators of the LXX thinking in rendering “virgin” in Isaiah 7:14?
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The translation of almah as virgin makes no sense in context. First, the word almah is a vague term that means a young woman. Betulah is a more specific term for a virgin, especially one whose ...

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How did Ecclesiastes come to be associated with Sukkot?
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Rashi sets forth two reasons for the connection, and other commentators have other interesting ideas. Rashi states first that the verse "Divide a portion into seven, and even into eight for you don'...

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