Category Archives: Bible

Ecclesiastes

Vanity of vanities all is vanity. Frustration of frustrations all is frustration. The Hebrew text can be translated either way. We are meant to think Solomon was the author but the intrusion of non Hebrew words into the text place … Continue reading

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Joseph In Egypt Genesis Ch 37-50

This is the biblical account of Joseph which begins in chapter 37 and goes to the end of Genesis (ch 50). It occupies over a quarter of Genesis. It is one of those stories even an atheist needs to know … Continue reading

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Notes On the Bibles by Roy Trumbull

These are some notes on the differences between the Jewish bible and the Christian “Old Testament”. The order of the books is different. The names of the books are different. The leading names within the stories are different. The translation … Continue reading

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The Binding of Isaac

This story comes from Genesis 22. It tells of Abraham taking his son to be sacrificed. More ink has been spilled over this story than any other I know. It is read during Rosh Hashanah.

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The Book of Jonah

This is a reading of the Book of Jonah (a.k.a Jonah and the Whale). In a literal translation it is a “big fish” that swallows Jonah. This story is read during Yom Kippur.

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The Book of Ruth

The Book of Ruth is very short but it is important. Ruth, who is a Moabitess and a widow, is determined to return with Naomi, her mother-in-law, to Judah. She says, “Entreat me not to leave thee, and to return … Continue reading

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The Book of Ruth

This coming week sees the start of Shavout on the Jewish Calendar and it is the tradition to read the book of Ruth. It is one of the shortest books in the bible. It is read for several reasons including … Continue reading

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The Child Samuel

This reading is from the first three chapters of First Samuel and tells the story of Samuel the child. One interesting thing to note is the use of “mine” where you would expect “my”. “Mine” reminds us of the German … Continue reading

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The Song of Songs

This reading is from the Masoretic text. The Song of Songs has been the subject of considerable commentary. It is obviously a love poem. The controversy is over whether it is also an allegory concerning man’s relationship to Hashem. There … Continue reading

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