Torah Portion

Bamidbar

במדבר

Numbers 1:1-4:20
Hosea 2:1–22

The Tabernacle: A Post-Exilic Polemic Against Rebuilding the Temple

The Tabernacle: A Post-Exilic Polemic Against Rebuilding the Temple

The Priestly Torah discusses the Tabernacle at extraordinary length, emphasizing its portability. Nothing in P ever says this structure was meant to be temporary. P’s Tabernacle was not foreshadowing the Temple, but was a polemic against Haggai and Zechariah’s agitation to build the Second Temple.

Dr. Hacham
Isaac S. D. Sassoon
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Hosea: Loving God Erotically

Hosea: Loving God Erotically

A biblical metaphor for God’s relationship with Israel first found in the prophet Hosea

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Carl S. Ehrlich
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Why Are There No Israelite Priestesses?

Why Are There No Israelite Priestesses?

Hittite texts show us that in the ancient Near East, women, including the queen, served as priestesses. The biblical authors, in their fervor for YHWH, monotheism, and centralization of worship through one Temple and one priesthood, strongly objected.

Professor
Ada Taggar-Cohen
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Who Were the Levites?

Who Were the Levites?

The Torah describes the Levites as a landless Israelite tribe who inherited their position by responding to the call of their most illustrious member, Moses, to take vengeance against sinning Israelites, but this account masks a more complicated historical process.[1]

Dr
Mark Leuchter
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Jezreel: A Military City and the Location of Jehu’s Coup

Jezreel: A Military City and the Location of Jehu’s Coup

Biblical, geographical, and archaeological data coalesce to clarify the military importance of this city to Iron Age Israel and the possible meaning of the term “Ahab’s hêḵal.

Dr.
Norma Franklin
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Relegating Redemption of the Firstborn to a One-time Event in the Wilderness

Relegating Redemption of the Firstborn to a One-time Event in the Wilderness

The Priestly Torah has two different conceptions of why/how the firstborn Israelites are exempt from serving as priests. Is a questionable firstborn census an effort to weigh in on this dispute?

Dr.
Eve Levavi Feinstein
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Dr. Rabbi
Zev Farber
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Bamidbar

במדבר

Numbers 1:1-4:20

אִישׁ עַל דִּגְלוֹ בְאֹתֹת לְבֵית אֲבֹתָם יַחֲנוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל...

במדבר ב:ב

The Israelites shall camp each with his standard, under the banners of their ancestral house...

Num 2:2

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