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There are tools that are needed to mine the depths of the biblical texts. There are also many perspectives that enrich our study, like the perspective of first century Judaism. This site is one of those rare resources that provides both tools and perspective for the serious student of Scripture.

– Dr. Allen Mawhinney, A Retired Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary

Shavuot Or Pentecost: Jewish Or Christian?

My dear readers, even though we still have one installment left for Judah, I have to pause my biblical drawing and to say a few words about Festival of Shavuot which we…

Biblical Portraits: Judah (4)

My dear readers, together we have witnessed the profound inner transformation that Judah went through in chapter 38, in his story with Tamar. Why was it important for us to see this…

Biblical Portraits : Judah (3)

THE HIDDEN MESSAGE Finally we are entering the most interesting part of the story, the “action” of the story, which according to the text happens “a long time afterward”—a long time after…

Biblical Portraits: Judah (2)

We continue drawing our biblical portrait—continue watching Judah on these pages. We have seen that, by placing the story immediately after the sale of Joseph, the Torah lets us know that the…

Biblical Portraits: Judah (1)

WHY JUDAH? Very soon, the state of Israel will celebrate the 70th birthday (the Independence Day in Israel is always celebrated according to the Jewish calendar, and this year it will be…

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