6. MISCELLANEOUS

 

MISCELLANEOUS


What Is The Torah?  (Food for thought)

Size: A5.
Pages: 10 (8)
Description: In simple language this booklet considers the Torah as a constitution for a society, including the issue of capital punishment, and how overall the individual fits in with all this, a subject generally ignored. It also deals with the attitude and non-attitude of the Torah to relations between a Jew and non-Jews in a Jewish and in a non-Jewish society.
Language: English. (Not available in Hebrew.)
File name: WOTISTOR.PDF Click on it to read the book on screen or to download or print it (free).


The Core of the Law

Size: Library (between A4 and A5 —  print on A4).
Pages: 230
Description: The Torah laws are essentially based on justice, fair play and good behaviour towards others, but on the rare occasions when these laws are taught they are given a minor place. Instead we have accent on ritual coupled with rabbinical ethics. Ritual has its place, but is secondary to the rest, as stressed by the Neviim to whose words (even in the haftarot) we pay lip service. This book covers most of the original laws and shows how they fit together.
Language: English. (Not available in Hebrew.)
File name: CORE-M-X.PDF Click on it to read the book on screen or to download or print it (free).


The Original Hebrew Alphabet

Size: A4
Pages: 1
Description: This is not a booklet but simply a reference chart of the early Hebrew (‘Phoenician Hebrew’) alphabet.
File name: PHONCHRT.PDF Click on it to view the chart on screen or to download or print it (free).


Two massive volumes – Get It Right & Ki Mitsion

Get It Right

Size: A4
Pages: 288 minimum. (Frequent updates should increase this.)
Biblical book — main references: All (except, temporarily, Psalms, Job, Proverbs).
Description: Initially, to a list of words traditionally mistranslated were added some simple explanations of the text that are generally overlooked; the result appeared under the title ‘New Thinking’. But it grew and grew, the title was changed, and `Get It Right’ now contains masses of information assembled from various places, together with results of relevant research.
Essentially a `corrective commentary’ it not only corrects common mistakes in the translation of many words (e.g. שָׂדֶה פֶּרַח גְּבוּל מְלָאכָה ) and in grammar (e.g. use of the nif’al), it also includes appendices on the different uses of the words לֶחֶם כִּי בְּרִית, an analysis of the various meanings of the root פקד, twenty different meanings of the vav prefix (not just `and’), and a brief grammatical introduction to the syntax of the verb.
But it goes much further than that. It describes the long history of the struggle between Joseph and Judah from the time of Jacob to that of Hezekiah, identifies the correct location of the Red Sea Crossing (giving textual support to overwhelming evidence found recently), considers the location of Sodom and Gomorrah (according to the text and against the `scholars’ and traditions) and that of Rachel’s tomb, draws attention to the internal politics surrounding King David, discusses the justification or otherwise of a monarchy (based on Abarbanel) and the purpose of the Book of Chronicles (including an overall comparison king by king with the Book of Kings), explains Aaron’s behaviour with the Golden Calf, צָרַעַת, the Sabbath (in brief) and the censuses (in full), supplies relevant background information (e.g. to the plague of locusts described in the Book of Joel and to the hippopotamus mentioned in the ּהַאֲזִינו song in Deuteronomy), enumerates the terms of Nehemiah’s covenant, lists Assyrian emperors with dates, vocabularies in connection with offerings and types of animals etc., and much more.
In brief, as a companion to anyone reading the Torah and to the student of Tenakh it prevents drawing wrong conclusions (a common error) and draws attention to matters generally overlooked. Hopefully the student should find it helpful and useful.
Language: English, with Hebrew captions etc. (Not available in Hebrew.)

File names:

G1-TORAH.PDF = Revised edition 5778
(Pentateuch – includes About Get It Right, its purpose and scope).
Click on it to read the book on screen or to download or print it (free).

G2-1NEV.PDF
(Neviim – early – rishonim). = Revised edition 5778
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G3-2NEV.PDF
(Neviim – late – aharonim). = Revised edition 5779
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G4-1KET.PDF
(Psalms, Job, Proverbs,  not yet available).

G5-2KET.PDF
(Ketuvim – remainder). = revised edition in preparation
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Ki Mitsion

Size: Library (between A4 and A5 —  print on A4).
Pages: 672
Biblical book — main references: Torah (Pentateuch)
Description: Popular readable articles (over a period of years) on the weekly parashah, concerning text, background (including botanical, geographical, zoological, mineralogical etc.) and various other matters, without midrash, philosophy or musar. Complete with supplements and two indices (English and Hebrew). Worth browsing.
[NOTE: The indices are to the appropriate volume and parashah number. There is no computer search engine.]
Language: English. (Not available in Hebrew.)
File name: KM-E.PDF Click on it to read the book on screen or to download or print it (free).


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