jewish bible

The Witch of Endor

Debate about this biblical story raises key theological issues.

Syncretism and Judaism

Throughout history Jews have accepted some influences of outside religions and cultures, and rejected others.

Symbolism in the Bible

Jewish literature is rife with allegory and metaphor.

Kisses Sweeter than Wine: Understanding the Song of Songs

Read during the week of Passover, this biblical text is an unabashedly sensuous paean to love.

The Masoretic Text

The traditional--sometimes imperfect--Jewish version of the Torah text.

Judaism and Justice

The Jewish passion to repair the world.

What Was the Tabernacle (Mishkan)?

A portable sanctuary in the wilderness.

Jacob

The father of the children of Israel.

Moses as Abandoned Hero

Although many ancient abandoned hero stories survive, the biblical example of the story Moses has some clear points of departure.

Abraham Ibn Ezra

A master Torah commentator who foreshadowed biblical criticism