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Garden of Eden

Tower of Babel: The Hidden Transcript

The Tower of Babel story is a marvelous tale about the ambition and hubris of primal humanity, with a biting political message and dark insights into the human condition.

Prof.

Ronald Hendel

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Does a Man Need to Leave His Parents to Cling to His Wife?

Prof.

Ziony Zevit

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God Abandons the Garden of Eden and Dwells with the Cherubim

Four Aramaic targumim (ancient translations) have God, and not just cherubim, taking up residence east of the garden. This is based on a slightly different vocalization of the Hebrew text, which is likely a more original reading than our current biblical text (MT).[1]

Dr.

Raanan Eichler

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Attaining and Forfeiting Adam's Immortality at Sinai

The Jewish Version of the “Fall”

Prof.

Joel Kaminsky

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The Immortal Myth of Adam and Eve

Dr.

Shawna Dolansky

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The Evolution of Civilization: The Biblical Story

Reading Cain’s murder of Abel and the account of Cain’s descendants as a metaphor for the trajectory of human development and the change in patterns of human behavior.

Dr. Rabbi

Samuel Z. Glaser

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The Exposition of the Garden of Eden Story

The Garden of Eden story includes a lengthy introductory exposition (vv. 2:4b-3:1a), whose seemingly tangential details contrast the utopia of Eden with the dystopia of the real world.

Prof.

Yairah Amit

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