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Abraham and Moses

Tweet Sailhamer notes that form-critical studies see a lament pattern common in the Psalms as follows: emergency, promise, faith, certainty. He sees the same pattern in the Torah. Genesis 15 and Exodus 3-4 both reveal this pattern. Numbers 14 and 20 also show this...

Composition Complete

Tweet In my post, “The Scriptures: A Written Conversation” I noted the chiastic structure of the Writings (the third section of the OT canon) highlights Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth) as the central book. I said, “This ending to the central book of the...

In the Last Days

Tweet As Sailhamer points out, reshith is the antonym of aharith.  Or in English, beginning is the antonym of last.  Thus the Torah begins, “In the beginning” (bereshith) (Gen 1:1) and then the poetic climaxes are explained as telling what will happen...
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