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From Ark Of The Covenant To Torah Scroll: Ritualizing Israel’S Iconic Texts, James Watts May 2015

From Ark Of The Covenant To Torah Scroll: Ritualizing Israel’S Iconic Texts, James Watts

James Watts

Torah scrolls are the central icon of Jewish worship. Interpreters usually regard such ritual uses of physical Torah scrolls as a consequence of the Pentateuch’s textual authority and canonization. However, the traditions about tablets of commandments carried in a reliquary ark show that ritualization of texts in the iconic dimension began early in Israel’s history. Was the Pentateuch itself developed with such iconic uses in mind? That is, was the Pentateuch shaped to replace the tablets and the ark? Evidence for such shaping appears in ambiguities surrounding Pentateuchal traditions about the tablets and scrolls of the law. These ...


Understanding The Covenant, Hour Of Jesus, Lawrence E. Frizzell D.Phil. Mar 2012

Understanding The Covenant, Hour Of Jesus, Lawrence E. Frizzell D.Phil.

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

Cycle B liturgical readings for the Third Sunday of Lent, March 11, 2012: Ex 20:1-17; Ps 19; 1 Cor 1:18-25; Jn 2:13-22.

This article was previously published in The Catholic Advocate.


Prayer In Jewish Life Of The First Century As Background To Early Christianity, Asher Finkel Ph.D. Dec 2000

Prayer In Jewish Life Of The First Century As Background To Early Christianity, Asher Finkel Ph.D.

Rabbi Asher Finkel, Ph.D.

This article explores the dynamics affecting the phenomenon of prayer in Jewish life of the First Century, as reflected in the early sources of the Second Temple Period. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; all rights reserved. Please visit Eerdmans webpage for the complete book at http://www.eerdmans.com/Products/4883/into-god39s-presence.aspx.


Aramaic And Greek Targum As Witness To Early Massorah Dynamics, Asher Finkel Ph.D. Dec 2000

Aramaic And Greek Targum As Witness To Early Massorah Dynamics, Asher Finkel Ph.D.

Rabbi Asher Finkel, Ph.D.

This paper outlines the governing dynamics of early Massoretic activities that are attested to by the complementary work of the Targumim from the Second Temple period.


Biblical Perspectives On Choosing A Wholesome Way Of Life, Asher Finkel Dec 1999

Biblical Perspectives On Choosing A Wholesome Way Of Life, Asher Finkel

Rabbi Asher Finkel, Ph.D.

An examination of the biblical perspective of freedom and human rights.


Biblical, Rabbinic, And Early Christian Ethics, Asher Finkel Ph.D. Dec 1993

Biblical, Rabbinic, And Early Christian Ethics, Asher Finkel Ph.D.

Rabbi Asher Finkel, Ph.D.

An analysis of the core priniples of biblical, rabbinic and early Christian ethics. The copyright is held by Peter Lang. Learn more about Jewish-Christian Encounters over the Centuries: Symbiosis, Prejudice, Holocaust, Dialogue at http://bit.ly/15yUs2K .


Aging: The Jewish Perspective, Asher Finkel Ph.D. Dec 1981

Aging: The Jewish Perspective, Asher Finkel Ph.D.

Rabbi Asher Finkel, Ph.D.

A study about the meaning and scope of the Jewish perspective on aging from within a biblical and rabbinic orientation.


Yavneh’S Liturgy And Early Christianity, Asher Finkel Ph.D. Dec 1980

Yavneh’S Liturgy And Early Christianity, Asher Finkel Ph.D.

Rabbi Asher Finkel, Ph.D.

A critical historical examination of the liturgy of Yavneh and the use of the terms "minim" and "Nazarenes" in the prayer with an appendix that provides a review, both textually and historically, of the early rabbinic material (the Yavneh tradition) on the Christian teaching with a special reference to Rabbi Jesus and a particular focus on the episode involving Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus of Yavneh and Lydda at the beginning of the second century CE.