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First and Last

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Aug 4, 2021

And the man and his wife were both naked, but they were not ashamed.  Genesis 2:25  NASB Naked – Camile Paglia made this observation about the Bible: There are no sexual personae in the Bible, except among harlots.  Biblical character is unitary and homogenous.  Psychic splits are of the ‘whited sepulcher’ kind, where the self…

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Masoretic Mistakes

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Aug 3, 2021

But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of [a]its site, And will pursue His enemies into darkness.  Nahum 1:8  NASB Of its site – As you know, virtually all contemporary translations of the Tanakh rely on the Tiberian Masoretic text.  This Hebrew text from about the 10th century CE added vowel points and standardized the reading. …

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Read It Again

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Aug 2, 2021

who keeps faithfulness for thousands, who forgives wrongdoing, violation of His Law, and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, inflicting the punishment of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”  Exodus 34:7  NASB Yet by no means leave – This is a bit tricky, so pay attention.  Here is…

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Double Dependency

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Aug 1, 2021

Our Father, our King, we have no King but You. Our Father, our King, act [benevolently] with us for the sake of Your Name.  Avinu Malkeinu For the sake – According to Gordon Tucker’s comment in Abraham Heschel’s work, Heavenly Torah, these first two lines of the prayer Avinu Malkeinu are attributed to Rabbi Akiva. …

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The Paradigm

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Jul 30, 2021

For I gave you an example, so that you also would do just as I did for you. John 13:15  NASB Example – How many times have you searched all over to find something and then discovered that it was in plain sight all the time?  My wife often points out that when I go to…

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A Touchy Subject

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Jul 29, 2021

Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from Shittim, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab, and rested there. Joshua 2:1  NASB Rested – Hebrew avoids explicit sexual descriptions.  It prefers double entendre, innuendo, allusions, and hints.  Perhaps…

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I’m Not Appreciated

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Jul 28, 2021

but only one thing is necessary; for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.  Luke 10:42  NASB The good part – (an excerpt from Jesus Said to Her) Martha will forever be remembered as the one who missed the point.   Mary chose to hear the teaching of Yeshua.  Martha chose to…

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The Whole Package (2)

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Jul 27, 2021

Jesus, upon seeing this man lying there and knowing that he had already been in that condition for a long time, *said to him, “Do you want to get well?”  John 5:6  NASB Get well – I want to be human.  That means I need to be in conversation with You.  I want to be fulfilled.  That means I need…

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The Whole Package (1)

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Jul 26, 2021

Jesus, upon seeing this man lying there and knowing that he had already been in that condition for a long time, *said to him, “Do you want to get well?”  John 5:6  NASB Get well – Such an unfortunate translation.  hygiḗs génesthai can be translated this way, as it seems obvious that the crippled man is at the pool of…

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Real Education

By Skip Moen, Ph.D. | Jul 25, 2021

To know wisdom and instruction, to discern the sayings of understanding,  Proverbs 1:2  NASB Instruction – Hebrew education?  Well, let’s see.  Rabbi Ishmael’s answer to the question of Ben Damah (Menachoth 99b): “May one such as I who have studied the whole of the Torah learn Greek wisdom?—He thereupon read to him the following verse, ‘This book…

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