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The History of Nachmanides’s Commentary on the Torah

The Musaf Shabbat of Makor Rishon has a very interesting book review (Hebrew) of what looks like a fascinating book. Yosef Ofer and Yehonatan Jacobs have published a book that examines the history of Ramban’s commentary on the Torah. Previous scholars had noticed additions to his commentary that Nachmanides added later, specifically those which were […]

Joshua Berman on Jewish Law

In the latest issue of Mosaic, the Bible scholar (and former neighbor) Joshua Berman has an interesting essay on the nature and function of Jewish Law. Below is a small excerpt. Not until Maimonides did anyone truly codify the halakhah. Not only did his Mishneh Torah, completed in 1180, have no precedent in the annals […]

The Tannaitic Bible

In Musaf Shabbat Raphael Zar summarizes (Hebrew) the research into the differences between the Masoretic text of the Bible and what seems to have been the text used by the Tannaim, including examples from the Talmud. Earlier treatments of these contradictions can be found in Shmuel Rosenfeld’s Mishpahat Sofrim and Avigdor Aptowitzer’s Das Schriftwort in […]

Hidon ha-Tanakh 2013

This year’s Ḥidon ha-Tanakh (International Bible Contest) ended in a dramatic showdown and in the end two contestants were left standing. If you don’t want to see the entire program, skip to 2h 14m in order to see the dramatic ending.

Saadia Gaon and the Quran

The blog of the Revel Graduate School at YU has a very interesting summary of a talk given by Prof. Meir Bar Asher on the relationship between Saadia Gaon, his commentary on the Torah, the Quran, and Quranic interpretation. It makes for a great read on how knowledge of other religious and exegetical traditions can […]

The Brothers Grimm, Goethe, and Biblical Hebrew

The Academy of the Hebrew Language has been increasing its web presence recently. They have an updated web site, along with a Twitter account, and a Facebook page. Today they posted a link to a post (Heb.) from their website that explains the history behind the modern Hebrew phrase, כחוט השני. The phrase occurs twice […]

New Book: Jewish Concepts of Scripture

Ben Sommer has edited a new book, Jewish Concepts of Scripture: A Comparative Introduction. There is a nice selection of chapters by different scholars. Here is the table of contents.

New Book: Isaac On Jewish and Christian Altars

Devorah Schoenfeld has published Isaac On Jewish and Christian Altars: Polemic and Exegesis in Rashi and the Glossa Ordinaria. Devorah Schoenfeld’s new work offers an in-depth examination of two of the most influential Christian and Jewish Bible commentaries of the High Middle Ages. The Glossa Ordinaria and Rashi’s commentary were standard texts for Bible study […]

New Book: Jewish and Christian Clergy on the Five Books of Moses

The book On Sacred Ground: Jewish and Christian Clergy Reflect on Transformative Passages from the Five Books of Moses has recently been published. I wrote a chapter for it on the Daughters of Zelofḥad, “Bending the Will of God.” The editor, Jeff Bernhardt, did a very nice job of gathering diverse Jewish and Christian voices […]

Ali Baba’s Cave and the Aleppo Codex

The New York Times recently published an article on the Aleppo Codex, an article that they have now rightfully acknowledged was mostly taken from Matti Friedman’s book The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible. The NY Time’s blog the 6th Floor has an interview with Friedman […]

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