Bible Study: Jeremiah Chapter 1, based on classic commentaries

Jeremiah was descended from Rahab the harlot.

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A Light Unto the Nations, pt II

In an earlier post, we demonstrated that the biblical phrase, “a light into the nations,” does not mean what is popularly thought, that Israel is to set an example for the nations of the world through excellence of behavior, rather it is a call to the prophet Isaiah himself to be a light to the […]

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Lilith in Tanach

I know this could easily have been determined with a concordance, but since I didn’t use one, this surprised me. As I make my way slowly but (sometimes) steadily through Isaiah, I discovered a fascinating verse. The prophet, in describing the utter desolation that will be the fate of Babylonia as a consequence of their […]

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Some Things Never Change

Isaiah 15:5: My heart cries out over [the downfall of] Moab… Rashi comments: The prophets of Israel are not like the prophets of the nations of the world. Balaam (a gentile prophet, see Numbers 22:2-24:25) sought to uproot Israel over nothing, but the prophets of Israel mourn over the retribution that befalls the nations. I […]

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