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Biblical commentary

Why did medieval rabbis leave so many hairs un-split?

Martin Lockshin
Nov. 6 2015 12:01AM

The anniversary of the death is thought to fall later this week.

Henry Abramson
July 13 2015 12:01AM

On the Book of Lamentations.

July 30 2014 11:09PM

Why we read the book of Ruth on Shavuot.

May 28 2014 4:11PM

The Song of Songs and the old men, filled with longing, who sing it.

April 11 2014 3:55PM

A new commentary on the Book of Job breaks new ground by combining historical-critical scholarship with reception history, thereby revealing fresh levels of meaning.

Davis Hankins
Jan. 28 2014 12:00AM

The 19th-century commentator known as the Malbim provides a template for how traditional biblical interpretation can adapt to scientific discovery.

Gil Student
Jan. 15 2014 12:00AM

A new “reception history” of the Book of Job is let down by its reluctance to choose among the work’s myriad interpretations.

Joan Acocella
Dec. 10 2013 12:00AM

The rabbinic exegetical method whereby the individual letters of Hebrew words are assigned a numerical value has its roots in the Greek system of geometrical algebra.

Dec. 10 2013 12:00AM

This week’s Torah portion offers two separate justifications for Jacob’s long sojourn with his uncle Laban; they point to a tension in his own. . .

David Frankel
Nov. 1 2013 12:00AM

In his new history, Simon Schama proposes that words themselves form the focus of Jewish self-understanding—a suggestive thesis, but why does he miss so many glaring instances?

Nicholas de Lange
Oct. 31 2013 12:00AM

Is it sacrilegious to interpret the Torah against its ancient historical background? According to medieval scholars, not only can the Torah be understood in context, it must be. 

Sept. 18 2013 12:00AM

On translating Kohelet

Sept. 16 2013 10:05PM

“As permissive as our culture is in almost every other area, when it comes to translating the Bible we’ve become stricter than the Dark Ages.”

Charles Halton
Aug. 1 2013 12:00AM