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Is the Bible Really the Source of Philosophy?

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The first paragraph of Pirkei Avot does not say what people think it says

                 The first paragraph of Pirkei Avot does not say what people think it says               The first paragraph of Pirkei Avot, The Ethics of the Fathers, states:                         Moses received Torah from Sinai                         And […]

More on the Post-Moses Era Possibly Not Knowing about Moses’ Torah

                               More on the Post-Moses Era Possibly Not Knowing about Moses’ Torah    As I previously stated,[1] scholars insist that there is no indication in the biblical books that the Israelites knew about Moses’s Torah or observed the laws contained in it until the time of King Josiah (641–609 BCE). An example is the Mishkan […]

Did the Generations of Post-Moses Israelites Know about the Torah?

                          Did the Generations of Post-Moses Israelites Know about the Torah?   Scholars reject the traditional teaching and suggest that the ancient Israelites knew nothing about the Torah until the time of King Josiah (649–609 BCE).[1] Among much else, it is significant that none of the biblical books before this time mention Moses’s […]

How to read the Bible

                                                                                How to read the Bible   I have been asked to explain the mystery of the half shekel: why were the Israelites in the desert during the days of Moses required to give a half shekel to be used in counting the number of males from and to certain ages, men who […]

Ibn Ezra’s “Secret of the Twelve”

                                                         Ibn Ezra’s “Secret of the Twelve”[1]   The Torah’s final chapter presents a serious theological dilemma. The following is a brief history of how some scholars handled this dilemma.   Questions Did Moses write the entire Torah? Do traditional Jewish commentators differ on the subject?   Who wrote the story of the death of […]

How to read the Bible

                                                         This book shows us how to read the Bible   Peshat Isn’t so Simple By Rabbi Hayyim Angel Kodesh Press, 2014, 311 pages   For over two millennia most Jewish Bible commentators did not explain the Bible’s plain meaning, called “peshat” in Hebrew, but used the biblical verses and events as sources for […]

A Synagogue Companion

                                                             Review by Israel Drazin                                  A Synagogue Companion By Rabbi Hayyim Angel Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, 2014, 351 pages   Rabbi Hayyim Angel is a scholar who writes very readable, interesting, and informative books. He presents “a vision of the Torah that is authentic, passionate, reasonable, and embracing […]

Still more on pre-King Josiah Israelites not knowing about the Torah – Joshua 22

                                                                              Chapter 22                                                                                Part two                                                      The curious near civil war over an altar   Seven years of battles to defeat and control Canaan ended followed, according to a tradition, with seven additional years[1] during which the priest, Joshua, and elders divided the land among the nine and a half tribes who settled in […]

More on the possibility that the post-Moses-era Israelites knew nothing about the Torah – Joshua 22

  More on the possibility that the post-Moses-era Israelites knew nothing about the Torah                                                                         Joshua 22   As previously stated,[1] there seems to be no indication in the biblical books describing life after the days of Moses until the time of King Josiah (641-609) that the Israelites knew about Moses’ Torah or observed the […]

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