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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

Torah Portion In Real Time: Chukkat

My dear readers, as you know by now, from time to time I post a Torah Portion (Parashat Shavua) commentary here. Today, I would like to share with you the commentary on…

Comparison Exersices (5): Jacob – There And Back 

Our last (for now) installment of this series is taken from the life of Jacob the Patriarch.  While comparing his way back to the Land of Israel with his journey out of…

Comparison Exercises (4):  Two Epiphanies

Last time, we started to compare the circumstances of Sarah’s maid Hagar, Ishmael’s mother, in two different chapters of Genesis where she had experienced an epiphany: in Genesis 16, when Hagar was…

Comparison Exercises (3): Two Epiphanies  

Our next comparison is taken from the story of Hagar – a very special biblical character.  Hagar occupies quite a unique place in the Bible for many different reasons: She is the…

Comparison Exersices (2): Laban’s Search Revisited

Our exercise today is taken from the famous story of Joseph and his brothers. You probably remember the story: the brothers come back to Joseph for the second time, this time with…