Biblical Writings

How to Read the Book of Proverbs

We don't read it in synagogue, and we aren't used to reading collections of maxims like this — so how should we get the most out of reading Proverbs?

Psalm 23: A New Translation

What if there is no valley of the shadow of death?

Lamentations

Eicha, the Book of Lamentations, asks important questions that address the theological crisis following the Jewish exile.

Ecclesiastes

Despite the cynical tone of Ecclesiastes, it has been given a place of joy and honor in the Jewish cycle of readings.

All About Esther

The book of Esther is not a historical document in the usual sense--but that doesn't undermine its importance as a religious book in the Jewish canon.

The Conventions of Biblical Poetry

A brief introduction to the devices and characteristics of in this biblical genre.

The Story of the Book of Ruth

An analysis of the book read on Shavuot.

Ketuvim (Writings)

The third section of the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible, includes poetry, philosophy, history and stories.