Study the Torah with Academic Scholarship

By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

Politics

Erev Rav: A Mixed Multitude of Meanings

When the Israelites left Egypt, they were accompanied by an ʿerev rav (Exodus 12:38). This obscure term has been interpreted in different ways throughout two millennia of Bible interpretation, both positively and negatively, and modern scholars still debate its exact meaning. The term survives in modern Jewish discourse as a slur against other Jews.

Dr. Rabbi

David J. Zucker

,

,

The Tribe of Gad and The Mesha Stele

Prof.

Aaron Koller

,

,

Jehoshaphat's Judicial Reform

How the Book of Chronicles updates and reinterprets Deuteronomy

Dr.

Yigal Levin

,

Parry Moshe

,

Is the Recent Antipathy to Joseph Justified?

Contemporary abuse of a once popular biblical hero.

Prof.

Alan T. Levenson

,

,

Politics as Religion in Jeremiah

Dr.

Ari Mermelstein

,

,

Inventing the Mythic Amorite Kingdom of Sihon

Inserting the Amorites into Transjordan to manage a Conflict between Cousins

Dr.

Rachel Havrelock

,

,

Redacting the Relationship to the Transjordanian Tribes

Numbers 32 combines two versions of how Gad and Reuven receive Moses’ permission to settle the Transjordan. The non-Priestly story emphasizes fraternity and kinship, while the Priestly version emphasizes law and obedience to YHWH. By synthesizing them, the redactor suggests that law can serve as a pillar around which the Israelite community can coalesce.

Dr.

Jacob L. Wright

,

,