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Nimrod

Hunting: How It Became Un-Jewish

In the Torah, Nimrod and Esau are hunters, Isaac enjoys game, and the legal collections take it for granted that hunting for food is common and permissible. Once Judaism decided that even wild animals must be ritually slaughtered, the Jewish attitude towards hunting took a sharp negative turn.

Dr. Rabbi

Marcus Mordecai Schwartz

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Nimrod, Mighty Hunter and King - Who Was He?

Nimrod’s bio begins in the 23rd century B.C.E. with King Sargon of Akkad and his grandson Naram-Sin.

Dr.

Yigal Levin

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Why the Midrash Has Abraham Thrown into Nimrod's Furnace

The historical association of Abraham and Nimrod with Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism

Dr.

Yishai Kiel

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Primeval Coats

Clothing, beginning with Joseph’s coat, functions both as a marker of distinction and as the source of undoing in the Joseph story. Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer adds layers of history to this coat: it is the original garments made from the sloughed skin of the serpent that God gave to Adam and Eve, which was then worn by Nimrod, Esau, and Jacob. Midrash Tanchuma claims it to be the (future) High Priest’s tunic.

Prof.

Rachel Adelman

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Heretics, Mystics and Abraham's Mother

Rabbi

David D. Steinberg

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