jewish bible

How Jacob Healed His Family

Israel’s third patriarch was born into great dysfunction, but found ways to create the first cohesive family in the Bible.


Successor to the prophet Elijah, he healed the sick, raised the dead, and made iron float—but he was also a prophet who made serious mistakes.

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.

Abraham Ibn Ezra

A master Torah commentator who foreshadowed biblical criticism