Category Archives: Bible

The Creation Of The Book Of Esther

Two Bible scholars write: The final step for the creation of the Megillah was connecting the combined story to the (preexisting) Festival of Purim. The name Purim is based on the Akkadian word for “lots” (pūrū). Many scholars believe that … Continue reading

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Tabletmag: In her new book ‘Bewilderments,’ Avivah Zornberg and her biblical hero explore fresh terrain

I can never make heads or tails what she’s talking about. I guess that means she’s deep. I must be the only one who feels this way. I just searched her out on Amazon and the world wide web and … Continue reading

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Novel Interpretation of the Purim Story

Joe* emails: Here is a good question for anyone with a deep understanding of Megillat Esther (the Scroll of Esther). At the second feast prepared by Esther for the King and Haman, Esther reveals that she is a Jew and … Continue reading

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Is James Kugel Orthodox?

James Kugel is a famous Bible scholar who takes unorthodox approaches to understanding the origins of the Torah. Dr. Marc B. Shapiro says in a 2007 lecture for Torah in Motion on Rabbi David Zvi Hoffman: “The idea that the … Continue reading

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Married People Talk Different

In his 13th lecture on Deuteronomy, Dennis Prager says: “I play a game on the radio. When a person calls, and starts talking, and all I have is a name and the city, I know nothing else about the person, … Continue reading

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