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The Sun God

The Practice of Divination in the Ancient Near East

Ancient Near Eastern cultic rituals located the presence of gods and divine messages in nature.

Dr.

Uri Gabbay

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Tzaraat in Light of Its Mesopotamian Parallels

Despite its lengthy coverage of tzaraat, biblical “leprosy,” the Torah omits discussion of its cause, its infectiousness, and its treatment. Comparison to the Mesopotamian rituals pertaining to a strikingly similar disease, Saḫaršubbû, shows that these omissions were far from accidental.

Dr.

Yitzhaq Feder

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Understanding Idolatry

Theologians of the ancient Near East made sense of idolatry through the ritual dedication of the statues that made them into gods.

Dr.

Uri Gabbay

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