I’d like to introduce my readers to Dr. Laura Schulman and her blog. This is the first of a series of posts about Biblical stories, with wonderful additions from midrash and the Zohar.
Elsewhere in the blog she writes vividly about living with bipolar disorder, and I heartily recommend those posts as well.
The lovely Gimpet of Repressed Expressions has been encouraging me to write something Jewish. It hadn’t crossed my mind, really, because it’s so much a part of who I am that I don’t think about sharing it with others unless somebody asks me specifically. I have no qualms about sending people translations of Psalms and parts of the Torah (Hebrew Bible) though, so I guess that constitutes sharing.
That’s enough of an introduction, so let’s dive into the meat of this material. My goal in this post is to show you how the Hebrews came to be a people, and how the different Abrahamic faiths split off from a common root.
That root was Abraham, whose original name was Abram. Actually it was Avram, but the “v” is changed for a “b” in translated Christian Bibles because in the first translations into Greek and then Latin, the translators didn’t know…
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