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New Testament

Love Your Neighbor: How It Became the Golden Rule

The precept וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” in Leviticus, is one of many action-oriented commandments focused on Israelite social cohesion. Only in Late Antique Jewish and early Christian sources, did the rule take on a transcendent role as the principle in which all of the Torah is encompassed.

Prof.

John J. Collins

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The Jewish Origins of the Christmas Story

The narratives of Jesus’ conception and birth as presented in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke echo Jewish history and cite Jewish prophecy. In that sense, the Christmas story can be said to have Jewish origins.

Prof.

Amy-Jill Levine

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The Diatessaron and its Relevance to the Study of the Pentateuch

Editors’ Note: We have asked Dr. Naomi Koltun-Fromm to introduce our readers to an ancient Christian text, known as the Diatessaron, to explain what it is, what it contains, and its significance to biblical studies, particularly the Documentary Hypothesis.

Dr.

Naomi Koltun-Fromm

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Megillat Esther: Reversing the Legacy of King Saul

One of the main themes in Megillat Esther is the death of Haman, the descendent of Agag, last king of Amalek, at the hands of Mordecai and Esther, Benjaminites from the family of King Saul. Is this just a coincidence?

Prof.

Marc Zvi Brettler

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Can Orthodox Education Survive Biblical Criticism?

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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