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Jethro

Moses' father-in-law, a.k.a. Reuel and Hovav

The Founding of Israel’s Judicial System

Even before Israel receives laws at Sinai, Exodus tells how Jethro the Midianite advises Moses to establish judges, a unique origin story for the judicial system with no parallel in ancient Near Eastern law collections. Deuteronomy revises the story to credit Moses with this idea after the revelation at Horeb.

Prof.

Bernard M. Levinson

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Judaism's First Converts: A Pagan Priest and a Prostitute

Linked by words and acts of chesed (lovingkindness), Jethro and Rahab are rabbinic exemplars of true converts.

Dr. Rabbi

David J. Zucker

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Rabbi

Moshe Reiss

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Preserving Multiple Opinions

From Judges to Tefillin, the Hagaddah to Kol Nidrei – Jewish Tradition has preserved or harmonized different opinions: An idea reflected in Torah as understood by the Documentary Hypothesis

Prof. Rabbi

Jeffrey Tigay

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Hovav the Midianite: Why Was the End of the Story Cut?

The Midianite Origin of YHWH and Aniconism

Prof.

Israel Knohl

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Eldad and Medad Prophesied in the Camp

Moses' control over prophecy is successfully challenged.

Dr. Rabbi

David Frankel

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Moses’ Father-in-Law: Kenite or Midianite?

Cementing political alliances in the Ancient Near East through common genealogy.

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Deuteronomy’s Jewish Democratic and Egalitarian Agenda

A study of Deuteronomy’s polemical revision of the Exodus 18 judges account.

Dr. Rabbi

David Frankel

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Why Devarim Matters to Jews Today

It Is Very Close to You

Shoshana Cohen

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