Torah Portion

Devarim

דברים

Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
Isaiah 1:1-27

Deuteronomy: The First Torah

Deuteronomy: The First Torah

Before the Five Books of Moses were compiled as a complete work, evidence from Deuteronomy as well as from Joshua and Kings shows that Deuteronomy itself was known as “the Torah.”

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David Glatt-Gilad
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How the Concept of Mosaic Authorship Developed

How the Concept of Mosaic Authorship Developed

In the Persian period, the Torah, which is made up of various law collections, was ascribed to Moses as revealed by YHWH. A parallel development was taking place in Achaemenid Persia that sheds light on this process: The sacred texts called the Avesta, that contain the law​​ (dāta) and tradition (daēnā) of Zoroastrianism​, were being collectively ascribed to Zarathustra (Zoroaster) as revealed by Ahuramazdā.

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Yishai Kiel
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Seven Torah Passages of Non-Mosaic Origin According to Ibn Ezra and R. Joseph Bonfils

Seven Torah Passages of Non-Mosaic Origin According to Ibn Ezra and R. Joseph Bonfils

A Source Sheet listing Ibn Ezra’s Six Non-Mosaic Biblical Passages plus his One Counter-Example, with the Complete Text of Ibn Ezra’s Comments and Bonfils’ Glosses on these comments in English and Hebrew

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The Yam Suph in the Transjordan?

The Yam Suph in the Transjordan?

Deuteronomy describes the Israelites camped opposite Suph in the Transjordan. However, the Israelites cross a Yam Suph near Egypt. Moreover, King Solomon builds a fleet of ships on Yam Suph near Eilat. Where is Yam Suph?

Dr.
David Ben-Gad HaCohen
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Understanding Deuteronomy on Its Own Terms

Understanding Deuteronomy on Its Own Terms

Sefer Devarim describes itself as Moses’ only account of God’s one revelation, and its opening passage, הואיל משה באר את התורה הזאת, means that he wrote it down (and not that he expounded on the rest of the Torah in Deuteronomy).

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Itamar Kislev
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Who Wrote the Torah According to the Torah?

Who Wrote the Torah According to the Torah?

Jewish and Christian tradition ascribes authorship of the Pentateuch to Moses in the 13th century B.C.E. Is this what the Pentateuch itself implies about who wrote it and when?

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Christopher A. Rollston
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Where in the Transjordan Did Moses Deliver His Opening Address?

Where in the Transjordan Did Moses Deliver His Opening Address?

Deuteronomy 1:1 describes the place where Moses gave his address with a list of several toponyms. Early commentators interpreted these toponyms as Moses’ hidden rebuke, while peshat commentators from Bekhor Shor to R. David Zvi Hoffmann tried to fit them into their context. A geographic and source critical analysis suggests that this is an itinerary list, reflecting an alternative account of Israel’s travels through the Transjordan.

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David Ben-Gad HaCohen
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War at Yahatz: The Torah Versus the Mesha Stele

War at Yahatz: The Torah Versus the Mesha Stele

A closer look at the Torah’s focus on Wadi Arnon as the northern border of Moab: Who really cared about the boundaries of Sihon’s Amorite kingdom?

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David Ben-Gad HaCohen
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Devarim

דברים

Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

לֹא תְִּירָאוּם כִּי יְ־הוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם הוּא הַנִּלְחָם לָכֶם׃

דברים ג:כב

Do not fear them, for it is YHWH your God who will battle for you.

Deut 3:22

Deuteronomy

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