What the “Writing on the Wall” in the Book of Daniel Really Means
The phrase shows up in popular culture as synonymous with fatalistic warning, but it has a much deeper meaning for Jews.
Deutero-Isaiah: A Prophet of Comfort
After first Isaiah’s message of rebuke, another writing under his name came to comfort Israel with immortal poetry.
Amos: Channeling the Wrath of God’s Justice
Amos' prophecy shows that God's wrath blazes so fiercely precisely because of God's compassion for the weak and the marginalized.
Balaam the Prophet
The infamous story of the prophet with the talking donkey demonstrates the Bible's awareness that powers of divination were not limited to Israelite seers.
Ezekiel: Prophecy as Performance Art
The fourth chapter of the Book of Ezekiel finds God instructing the prophet to perform a series of bizarre tasks.
Nathan the Prophet
Best-known to us as King David's prophet, Nathan should perhaps better be known as the man who ensures Solomon's rise to the throne of Israel.
Haftarah for Shabbat Shuvah
The Haftarah selection comes from Hosea 14:2-10 and Micah 7:18-20. Ashkenazic communities add Joel 2:15-27.