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Philistines

Unspoken Hemorrhoids: Making the Torah Reading Polite

Two places in the Bible describe God striking people with hemorrhoids (ophalim): the curses in Parashat Ki Tavo and the story of the Philistines’ capture of the ark in 1 Samuel 5-6. In the latter, the Philistines make golden statues of their afflicted buttocks to propitiate the Israelite deity. Traditional readings replace these crass references with the less offensive term techorim (abscesses).

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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The Pharaoh of the Exodus – Rameses III

Prof.

Gary Rendsburg

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What Is the Biblical Flying Serpent?

A number of biblical and non-biblical texts describe encounters with flying venomous snakes in the Sinai and Arabian deserts. Egyptian iconography may help clarify what is being pictured.

Dr.

Richard Lederman

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The Philistines: Ancient Records, Archaeological Remains, and Biblical Traditions

The current scholarship about the identity of the Philistines, who they were, when they came to the Levant, and why.

Dr.

Shirly Ben-Dor Evian

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