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Ephraim & Manasseh

Joshua’s Altar on Mount Ebal: Israel’s Holy Site Before Shiloh

An enormous ancient altar from the early twelfth-century B.C.E., uncovered at the site of El-Burnat, sheds light on the biblical account of Joshua’s altar at Mt. Ebal as well as on the famous story of Jacob crossing his arms to bless Ephraim over Manasseh with the birthright.

Zvi Koenigsberg

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When Moses Placed Ephraim Before Manasseh

R. Judah HeḤasid late 12th cent. asserts that the subject of “he placed Ephraim before Manasseh,” and “I have given you [=Joseph] an extra portion…,” in Jacob’s blessing is not Jacob but Moses, and is referring to when Moses put Ephraim before Manasseh in the tribal listings in Num 2:18-21. This leads him  R. Judah HeḤasid  to conclude that Moses could not be the author of v. 20b.

Prof.

Baruch J. Schwartz

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Jacob’s Multiple Death Scenes

Bringing Parashat Vayechi to Life

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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