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Hellenism

Ptolemy II’s Gift to the Temple in the Letter of Aristeas

The Letter of Aristeas embellishes its account of Ptolemy’s gift of a table and bowls to the Jerusalem Temple with what Greek rhetoric calls ekphrasis, a graphic description of a thing or person intended to bring the subject vividly to the eyes of the reader. What is the purpose of this embellishment?

Prof.

Benjamin G. Wright III

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A More Religious Megillah: The Jewish-Greek Version of Esther

The Jewish-Greek Version of the Book of Esther and what it tells us about Jewish Identity in Ancient Times.

Prof.

Aaron Koller

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Circumcision as Purification

Second Temple period interpreters understood circumcision as an act of purification, but they debated whether it was physical or spiritual.

Dr.

David Bernat

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The Vision of 6th Century Chanukah in Zechariah

The Significance of the Rabbinic Choice of Haftarah for Shabbat Chanukah

Prof.

Eric M. Meyers

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The Shunammite Woman and the Patriarchy Problem

Virtually all biblical scholars—even feminist biblical scholars—consider the Bible and ancient Israelite society patriarchal.[1] But is that a valid designation?

Prof.

Carol Meyers

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Intimacy on Shabbat: Was It Always a Mitzvah?

A Surprising Look at Shabbat in the Second Temple Period

Dr.

Malka Zeiger Simkovich

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