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Deuteronomy’s law of the rebellious son (Deuteronomy 21:18–21) poses numerous problems. Like the rabbis, Josephus interprets the law, but his conclusions are quite different.
Thirty nine forms of melacha “work” are forbidden on Shabbat. Does the number drive the list?
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