Parashat Vaetchanan

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This is adapted from a drash Z. S. will read this weekend at Devar Emet Messianic Congregation. A drash is a brief takeaway from the weekly cycle of texts. This Week’s Readings: Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26 Brit Chadashah: 1 Peter 1:18-25 I’m excited for camp, which for us starts tomorrow! I started going to camp when I was ten, and I think every summer since I have been involved either as a camper or as a counselor. I always had a lot of fun at camp with all the high-adrenaline activities. But as I grew older I began to realize that a … Continue reading “Parashat Vaetchanan”

Parashat Balak

This is adapted from a drash Z. S. will read this weekend at Devar Emet Messianic Congregation. A drash is a brief takeaway from the weekly cycle of texts. This Week’s Readings: Torah: Numbers 22:2-25:9 Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8 Brit Chadashah: Romans 11:29-12:2 Have any of you had a conflict with someone you loved and cared for? In the course of such a conflict, have you ever had a moment where, unbeknownst to them, you look at that person going about life in their usual manner, and you are able to see them in a positive light? Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof has this … Continue reading “Parashat Balak”

Scribal Mistakes in a Wycliffite Old Testament Manuscript

New College library at Oxford

The Wycliffite Bible (late fourteenth century) was the first translation of the entire Bible into English, though many English translations of significant portions of the Bible had already circulated centuries before. Manuscripts of Wycliffite Bibles are surprisingly consistent on the textual level. However, the manuscripts come in many shapes and sizes. Quite a host of scribes must have taken part in the production of these manuscripts, for we find a variety of scribal hands. A few years ago, when reading one particularly beautiful Wycliffite manuscript, I took some notes on a scribal error that made me smile.

Eusebian Canons

Ever wondered what Eusebian Canons are? Neither did I, until I tried (and failed) to navigate a manuscript with them! That said, the Eusebian Canons are actually a pretty nifty work of ancient biblical scholarship. Here you can read about the Eusebian Canons found in the Herzog August Bibliothek, MS Cod. Guelf. 84.3 Aug. 2°. And here’s a peek at the manuscript:

Parashat Mishpatim

This is adapted from a drash Z. S. will read this weekend at Devar Emet Messianic Congregation. A drash is a brief takeaway from the weekly cycle of texts. This Week’s Readings: Torah: Exodus 21:1-24:18, 30:11-16, Numbers 28:9-15 Haftarah: 2 Kings 12:1-17 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 22:15-22, 34-40 From time to time, I’ll chat about politics with someone and they’ll say “Oh, I am sure so-and-so will win.” Sometimes I’m skeptical if they’re really so sure. I like to test their purported conviction by asking them if they would bet money on the matter. More often than not, they back out of … Continue reading “Parashat Mishpatim”

Parashat Vaera

This is adapted from a drash Z. S. will read this weekend at Devar Emet Messianic Congregation. A drash is a brief takeaway from the weekly cycle of texts. Torah: Exodus 6:2-9:35 Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 Brit Chadashah: Revelation 15-16 Do you remember the early days of the Coronavirus? I remember studying Va’era last year, in late January, and thinking, “this virus in China might be kind of similar to the plagues we’re reading about.” Well, here we are, again reading the same parashah a year later with some hindsight. I hope this week’s parashah can give us some perspective on … Continue reading “Parashat Vaera”

Parashat Miketz

Joseph Dines with his Brothers by Yoram Raanan

This is adapted from a drash Z. S. will read this weekend at Devar Emet Messianic Congregation. A drash is a brief takeaway from the weekly cycle of texts, or the weekly the parashah. Parashah Readings: Torah: Genesis 41:1-44:17 Haftarah (taken from the prophets): 1 Kings 3:24-28 Brit Chadashah (New Testament): Acts 7:54-60 “Sprezzatura,” “sangfroid,” “equanimity”: these are fancy words used to describe the ability of a courtier to remain casual and completely unphased by the petty worries and excitements of his peers. (A more familiar term might be “chill.”) A courtier with these traits is not easily waylaid by … Continue reading “Parashat Miketz”

Melchizedek in the Dead Sea Scrolls

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In 1965, A. S. van der Woude published a scroll from Qumran named 11Q13. This scroll only came to us in fragments, so we do not know its full size or the main theme of the original manuscript. However, the second column of the scroll remains fairly readable, and I want to share some insights one might glean from the text. A character named “Melchizedek” figures prominently in the text of column two. This Melchizedek seems to play a priestly role: [Melchize]dek who will return them and will proclaim liberty to them to relieve them from […] all their iniquities… … Continue reading “Melchizedek in the Dead Sea Scrolls”