Midrash Eleh Ezkerah is a dramatized narrative describing (with poetic license) the tragic executions of ten of Israel’s greatest sages at the hands of the Romans. The story depicts these ten as having lived contemporaneously and having been executed more or less in the same time and place, though this was not actually the case. […]Read More Elijah the Prophet according to Midrash Eleh Ezkerah
Yehoash did what was upright in the eyes of the Almighty all his days, as Yehoyada the Kohen taught him.” Rashi: ‘All his days, as Yehoyada taught him’ — But once Yehoyada died, then ‘the officers of Judah came to prostate themselves to the king’ (II Chronicles 24:17), and they deified him. They said to […]Read More II Kings 12:3: Yoash makes himself into an object of worship (sources)
I came to them… and said to them: ‘My masters, I come from none other than the seed of Rachel!’ They said to me: ‘Offer a proof to your words!’Read More Eliyahu according to Tana d’Vey Eliyahu Rabah
Elijah appears at the end and clarifies the issue… So that’s that, right?Read More Eliyahu according to Tana d’Vey Eliyahu Zuta
Please see the introduction to this series for context. So we were talking about whether Pinchas and Eliyahu are the same. Popular belief has it that they are, while the sources we’ve examined so far indicate that they aren’t. Now, that said, the view that Pinchas is Eliyahu is not without basis — there are sources […]Read More Eliyahu according to… ME?
Part 2 in a series exploring the widely held belief that Eliyahu ha-Navi (Elijah the Prophet) is synonymous with the character of Pinchas, grandson of Aharon (Aaron). Sh’moth Rabah 40: [Betzalel] was one of seven people who were called [several] names. Eliyahu (Elijah) was called four names… Rabbi Elazar ben Pedath said: [Eliyahu] was a […]Read More Eliyahu according to Midrash Rabah
The 1st installment in a series examining whether Pinechas (aka Pinchas or Phineas) of the Torah is same personage as Eliyahu ha-Navi (Elijah the Prophet) of the book of Kings and later Jewish traditions. Pirkey d’Rabi Eliezer, ch. 47: Rabbi Yehudah says: …Through the counsel of Bilam (Balaam) that he advised Midyan (Midian), 24,000 Israelites […]Read More Eliyahu according to Pirkey d’Rabi Eliezer