Study the Torah with Academic Scholarship

By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use


Why the Midrash Has Abraham Thrown into Nimrod's Furnace

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


Yishai Kiel



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.


Rachel Adelman



Heretics, Mystics and Abraham's Mother


David D. Steinberg



No items found.