Category Archives: TORAH STUDY

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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Revisited: “Call me Ishmael”

Students of literature will connect this article’s title with the opening line spoken by the narrative-voice in Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick. For a short-cut and introduction to this classic work and its fascinating characters with biblical names and implications, here’s a must-read article:    [http://coffeesnob.hubpages.com/hub/Herman-Melvilles-contribution-to-a-Biblical-presence-in-Literature. Sorry for that diversion, this post is about the Ishmael/Yishmael of Genesis/Bereshith, […]

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Genesis/Bereshith 18: "if they have done according to its cry that has come to me- destruction!"

[We have a post on this chapter as part of the Journey of Faith Abraham series which reflects our Sinaite's interpretation.  This post features our usual commentaries: unbracketted comments are from Pentateuch and Haftorahs, ed. Dr. J.H.Hertz; EF/Everett Fox and RA/Robert Alter, both published translations with commentary with the same title: The Five Books of Moses. Our translation is […]

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Revisited: Journey of Faith: YHWH, Abraham and "3 men"

[Translation:  EF/Everett Fox, The Five Books of Moses; this translation is downloadable from http://toby.weebly.com/uploads/2/7/4/8/2748917/everett_foxxstorah.pdf---Admin1.] Christian prooftexts list Genesis 18 among the ‘pre-incarnation’ appearances of Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity who is said to be the active member of the Godhead from OT to NT and is therefore identified as one of the 3 “men” here with […]

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