Bruce James
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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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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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Who were the Pharisees?
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As my comments to Frank Luke's answer indicate, I strongly disagree with him. He cites Sotah 22b as source for a description of "what is a Pharisee" without realizing that this is not a term the ...

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Was Haman an Agagite?
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According to Jewish tradition, the Sages of the Great Assembly -- the minor prophets and other leaders, including Ezra and Daniel, who left Babylon to rebuild the Temple 70 years after the destruction ...

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Is there any significance to the shift between cardinal and ordinal numbers in Genesis 1?
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The famous Jewish biblical commentator Rashi finds the choice of words very significant. He writes: According to the sequence of the language of the chapter, it should have been written, “the ...

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Did Elijah break the Torah by encountering ravens and/or failing to appear at Jerusalem?
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I think you misunderstand what factors cause a person to become ritually impure and the dietary laws known as kashrut. The crow/raven is in a class of birds that are "unclean" meaning that they are ...

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Why does David mourn the death of his adult son Absalom and not the death of his baby son?
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According to the Me'am Lo'ez, some explain the behavior by reference to the following law: if a fast is decreed due to a lack of rainfall, then when it rains, the people should stop fasting. But, if ...

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Why would God disapprove of rituals he ordained?
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My wife summarizes it well: "Sometimes, saying 'sorry' is not enough"; i.e. you have to mean it. In the long list of increasing punishments that the Jews could receive if they should reject G-d's ...

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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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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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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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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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Was Jesus too young at 12 years old to go about His Father's business?
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Under Jewish law, we could look to signs of puberty (e.g. the growth of two pubic hairs) as a sign that the boy has, for legal purposes, become a man and therefore can participate in business ...

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Did Moses call himself the "most humble man on the planet"?
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Jewish tradition holds that the written Torah was dictated by God to Moses, and that Moses had no discretion as to what to write, even the last verses of the Torah that describe his death. See Rashi ...

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Did Abraham lose track of a visitor?
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The Bible does not explicitly say "two men" at Gen. 18:22, simply saying "the men" (האנשים). The translators, like the rabbis, infer that two men were there because of the transition at Gen. 19:1 ("...

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Who incited David to take a census and what's wrong with taking a census anyway?
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Sorry to come in late here, but I don't see the ancient Jewish sources cited in any of the answers. There are two issues here: (1) who instigated David to conduct a census and (2) was the sin that ...

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Why is the Bible so repetitive?
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The repetition of the tribal gifts at the dedication of the Tabernacle has an important purpose. As pointed out by Rav Shlomo Breur, as quoted by Rav Yisachar Frand, the Torah could have told us that ...

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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 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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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 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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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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What does "bless" [ברך] mean in Isa 45:23?
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There is a connection! The common root of the noun for knee (berek) and the verb to bless (baruch) is ברן. We see the root in action when Eliezer comes to look for a wife for Isaac (Gen. 24:11), and ...

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What did Sarah mean by calling Abraham her "lord"?
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Jewish commentaries don't dwell on her use of the word אדוני in that verse because it is clear from the context that she is referring to her husband. In fact, I searched all of my books and found no ...

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What did Jesus mean by "be perfect" in the Sermon on the Mount?
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Let me suggest to you an alternative reading. Much of Jesus' teachings on the Sermon of the Mount represent a point of view quite similar to the rabbis (the Pharisees) of his generation as reflected ...

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Is the word for 'helper' used to describe Eve in Genesis 2, also used for God helping Israel?
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I think you're focus in this verse is misplaced. Genesis 2:18 quotes G-d as saying that he will make make man a "helper corresponding to him" (Art Scroll translation) but the Hebrew says "ezer k'...

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