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Pseudo-Philo

The Date of the Tabernacle’s Completion and Consecration

The Tabernacle is completed on the first of Nisan (Exodus 40) and is consecrated eight days later (Leviticus 9). And yet, the Book of Chronicles, Biblical Antiquities, and the Rabbis read these accounts as describing the same event. Indeed, the Torah’s final editor may have understood the texts as a continuous narrative, but chose to emphasize different themes of the Tabernacle by separating them.

Prof.

Gary A. Anderson

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Deborah, Yael and Sisera’s Mother, Themech

Biblical Antiquities, circa 1st cent. C.E., retells the story of Judges 4–5. It expands the maternal imagery of Deborah and Yael, develops the character of Sisera’s mother, and adds sexual innuendo to Yael’s interactions with Sisera.

Dr.

Caryn Tamber-Rosenau

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Rosh Hashanah Between Tanach and Mishna

The missing links

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Prof.

Marc Zvi Brettler

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The Birth of Moses: Between Bible and Midrash

The details of Moses birth story do not entirely cohere. By examining the midrash, and sifting through layers of the Torah text itself, we uncover a series of problems and solutions in the story which help to elucidate the way the text and its traditions evolved over time.

Prof.

Jacob L. Wright

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