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Fishbane on Numbers 15, Part 2

Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 191. Fishbane believes that Numbers 15:25-26 expands on Leviticus 4:20. He thinks the italicized parts are the addition. (Citations are from the New Revised Standard Version.) Leviticus 4:20: … Continue reading

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Fishbane on Numbers 15, Part 1

Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 190-191. Michael Fishbane compares Leviticus 4 and Numbers 15:22-29, which concern unintentional sins. He points out that Leviticus 4 (unlike Numbers 15:22-29) extends its discussion to the high … Continue reading

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Kidnapping Law, Part 3

This relates to my last Fishbane post, Kidnapping Law, Part 2, in which I promised to compare the Hebrew of Exodus 21:16 and Deuteronomy 24:7 to determine if the latter used the former as a source. I’ve colored the words … Continue reading

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Kidnapping Law, Part 2

Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 189. For a summary of the problem this post will look at, see Kidnapping Law, Part 1. Here are the passages Fishbane looks at. The passages are in … Continue reading

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Kidnapping Law, Part 1

Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 188. Exodus 21:16: “And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death” (KJV). … Continue reading

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Work Means Work!

Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 196-197. Exodus 34:21 states: “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even in plowing time and in harvest time you shall rest.” … Continue reading

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Which Source Is Earlier?

Sources: Jacob Neusner’s Introduction to Rabbinic Literature, and Judith Hauptman’s “Mishnah As a Response to ‘Tosefta,’” which is in Specific Problems in Rabbinic Literature. What influenced what? That seems to be where Neusner and Hauptman disagree. According to Neusner, the … Continue reading

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Harmonizing on Sanctuary

Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 251-252. Exodus 20:24 states: “You need make for me only an altar of earth and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your offerings of well-being, your sheep … Continue reading

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An Addition in Exodus 22:25-27: Part 2

Source: Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (New York: Oxford, 1988) 175. Here’s Exodus 22:20-27. I’ve colored in blue the most important verses for this discussion, and in red what Fishbane deems to be a later addition: “20 Whoever … Continue reading

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Unclean Exile

My source today is Jacob Neusner’s Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah. I’m not in the mood to look for the date. Here are a few sentences that intrigued me: “Uncleanness, which above all endangers the cult and must be … Continue reading

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