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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Exodus 14 – Relationships with other texts

After acknowledging two different stories mixed together in Chapter 14, let us now look at other similar biblical texts. The story of the division of the sea – i.e. the miracle itself – recalls Ex 7:1-5. Here too, the intervention of God – the plagues of Egypt – is aimed…

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Course on the Pentateuch – Exegesis of Exodus 14 – The drying of the Red Sea

In Exodus 14, as we have said, there are two different stories, cast and adapted by the author. The first, which we have seen, is the story of the true miracle, the so-called parting of the Red Sea made by God through his servant Moses. The second is a somewhat more…

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Who ‘the Elohim’ were? Divine beings? Angels? The God of Israel? (Second part)

Based on the Brown Driver Briggs’s Hebrew Dictionary we continue our research on the meaning of ELOHIM. Today we study two famous cases, where the reference is clearly to ‘God or divine beings’. The first case is Psalm 8:5: For thou hast made him a little lower than the ELOHIM, and hast…

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The Pentateuch – An Overview (Deuteronomy)

In the most crucial and important periods of the Israel’s history when the Pentateuch was written, the Jews wanted to recap the events that have marked their lives, as individuals and as a people. Thus it was born the last book of the Pentateuch, Deuteronomy. Its name derives from the Greek…

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The Pentateuch – An Overview (From Genesis to Numbers)

The first and most fundamental part of the Pentateuch is Genesis 1-11. They put the history of Israel, which will be narrated from Genesis 12, as part of all humanity. The chapters do not speak of a series of events ordered in chronological sequence. Rather they make important questions: who…

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