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Passover Sacrifice

Hebrew: קרבן פסח Korban Pesakh

The Paradox of Pesach Sheni

As a historical commemoration, Passover is tied to a specific date. Nevertheless, the Torah gives a make-up date for bringing the offering a month later. Gerim, non-Israelites living among Israelites as equals, are also allowed to bring this offering, even though it wasn’t their ancestors who were freed. How do we make sense of these anomalies?  

Prof.

Steven Fraade

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How Pesach Became Passover

In the Torah’s description of the paschal sacrifice, God pasachs the Israelites. Though the simple meaning of this verb is “to spare or protect,” the standard translation of the verb here is “pass over.” A look at the Greek-Jewish translations of the verb pasach and the festival name, Pesach, and a consideration of the theological problems with Exodus 12:23, sheds light on how this translation came about. 

Dr.

Alan Flashman

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Why "Passover"? On the True Meaning of Pesaḥ-פסח

Dr.

Barry Dov Walfish

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Searching for the Meaning of the Passover Sacrifice

The need for medieval exegetes to suggest a plausible alternative to the Christian exegesis of this ritual.

Prof. Rabbi

Marty Lockshin

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Korban Chagigah from the Torah to the Seder Plate

Prof. Rabbi

Robert Harris

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The Evolution and Innovation of Pesach Sheni

Dr. Rabbi

Stephen Garfinkel

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Passover Becomes about Matzah when the Paschal Lamb Becomes Associated with Jesus

As late as the Second Temple period, Passover and Chag HaMatzot were viewed as two separate holidays. What was the final impetus to concretize the synthesis of these holidays into one?

Dr.

Malka Z. Simkovich

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Sacrificing a Lamb in Egypt

When a Temple of Yahu Stood Near a Temple of Khnum

Prof.

Jan Assmann

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Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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The Origins of the Biblical Pesach

Dr.

Kristine Henriksen Garroway

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Passover and the Festival of Matzot: Synthesizing Two Holidays

Prof.

Michael L. Satlow

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Coronavirus: What We Can Learn from the Bible and the ANE

An expert in ancient Near Eastern contagious diseases reflects on living through a modern one.

Dr.

Yitzhaq Feder