Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Numbers 1 and 2 – Analysis of the text

Numbers 1,1 And the Lord spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the…

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Ancient Mesopotamian and Canaanite civilization (Second part)

At its height Sargon’s and his descendants’ empire stretched from the Persian coast to the Syrian shores of the Mediterranean. However, this kingdom collapsed in about 2200 BC through invasion and internal conflict. Among the new arrivals in Mesopotamia were the Amorites, who dwelt in Mesopotamian cities such as Mari…

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Ancient Mesopotamian and Canaanite civilization (First part)

The rise of ancient Mesopotamian civilization occurred at the end of the fourth millenium in southern Mesopotamia alongside the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, where the Sumerians created city states, each with its local god. In Uruk there were two main temples: one was for Anu, the god of heaven; the…

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The First Edition of the Book of Deuteronomy (Second part)

According to T. Römer, the first edition of Deuteronomy began in 6:4-5 and ended with the curses in Dt 28. At the center were the prescriptions that presupposed the ideology of centralization in Jerusalem. Within this section – i.e. the cc. 12-26 – chapters 12 and 13 stand out. These texts…

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Is the Devil a Beast? (Matthew chap. 4, verse 5)

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple Each word of this verse deserves a careful, intelligent and inspired examination. In fact, it is full of words that, if taken literally, paint the devil as a person. The verse…

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From a God of the War to a God that saves Israel

The central episode that brought about a drastic change in the idea of ​​God was the destruction of Jerusalem (587 BC). This catastrophe determined a new development within the deuteronomist circles, which modified the texts written at the time of Josiah, one of the last kings of Judah. For example,…

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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Numbers 1 and 2 – Introduction

The first two chapters of the book of Numbers have been written on the basis of the norms on the building of the sanctuary in the desert and the sacred furnishings (Ex 25-31), the execution of the works (Exodus 35-40) and the rules for the sacrifices of the priests (Leviticus).…

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