Category Archives: TORAH STUDY

Exodus/Shemoth 1: "Now Yosef died, and all his brothers, and all that generation."

[Translation and commentary by EF/Everett Fox, The Five Books of Moses.  Additional elected commentary from RA/Robert Alter, and Pentateuch and Haftorahs, ed. Dr. J.H.Hertz, and REF/Richard Elliott Friedman, Commentary on the Torah.] Exodus/Shemoth 1   [REF]The book of Exodus tells the story of the birth of a nation in slavery and ends with the nation’s establishment of its own […]

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Revisited: Genesis/Bereshith 34 – "Should our sister then be treated like a whore? "

[This was first posted September 2012; revised and updated for reposting. The first commentary is from S6K discussions of the chapter;  additionally we feature three commentaries which overlap sometimes, but complement each other most of the time.  Why three (which means more work for admin1)? There is much to learn from all of them even […]

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Revisited: Becoming Israel – Esau and ‘Israel’

[This series “Becoming Israel” follows the third generation patriarch from whom would issue twelve sons/twelve tribes who would thenceforth be called “Israelites” instead of Jacobites.  As previously explained, this series reflects Sinaite discussions and enables the straight-through reading of this chapter without commentary from our usual three sourcebooks. Our translation of choice is Everett Fox, The […]

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Revisited: Journey of Faith: Esau/Edom – A Second Look

 [This series ‘Journey of Faith’ features the Sinaite perspective on characters who figure prominently in the biblical narratives that trace the lineage of the chosen people of Israel. There are persons outside of ‘the chosen line’ who are interesting studies of character, often misrepresented or unfairly judged—one such is Esau.   Translation is Everett Fox, The […]

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