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Wisdom

Solomon’s Divine Wisdom: Legitimizing His Kingship

God grants the young Solomon divine wisdom in a dream at Gibeon. This account, which reads like an ancient Near Eastern royal novella, was an apologia for Solomon’s accession and his style of kingship.

Dr.

Ruth Fidler

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Kohelet: An Israelite Form of Meditation

Ecclesiastes is a cynical reflection on life’s futility. The constant sonorous repetition, visualizations, and references to breath serve as a sustained meditation to help free the reader’s soul from the agonizing struggle of life.

Prof. Rabbi

Tzvee Zahavy

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The Intertwined Tree of Torah and Wisdom

Prof. Rabbi

Jonathan Magonet

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Torah: Deuteronomy’s Version of Wisdom for Israel

Deuteronomy reflects influence from ancient Wisdom traditions, such as those in the book of Proverbs and in other ancient Near Eastern literature. Yet Deuteronomy presents Torah as Israel’s own Wisdom teaching. This serves both to elevate Torah and to insist that it be in dialogue with the broader, non-Israelite world.

Dr.

Ethan Schwartz

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Who Is the Eshet Chayil?

Prof.

Jacqueline Vayntrub

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Qohelet on Pleasure

Qohelet says that simḥah (joy) is the best thing in life, but also that it is profitless and absurd. This essay will explore this fundamental contradiction.

Prof. Rabbi

Michael V. Fox

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Why Devarim Matters to Jews Today

It Is Very Close to You

Rabbi

Shoshana Cohen

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