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Mikra ki-pheshuto : the Bible according to its literal meaning

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A book by Arnold B. Ehrlich

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Author: Arnold B. Ehrlich
Publisher: Ktav Publishing House
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One of the best Bible commentaries ever written

  • May 27, 2010
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This three volume commentary on the entire Hebrew Bible is written in Hebrew. People who can understand Hebrew should read this brilliant, sharp, iconoclastic, and often witty commentary. People who are offended by a writer who offers a critique of the Torah and frequently mocks famous men such as Rashi should avoid it unless they are willing to be challenged to think. Ehrlich has insights that few people have. He is able to penetrate the text better than virtually everyone.

His iconoclastic views include his conviction that King David and King Solomon never existed. He also unabashedly points out what he thinks are mistakes in the Torah text, such as errors produced by people who copied the Torah. He frequently explains the Torah by highlighting what he considers were ancient middle eastern practices.

An example of his sharpness is his comment on Exodus 24:17, which states that kol zekhurkha should go to the city that will be chosen during the three pilgramage festivals. The Hebrew words kol zekhurkha is usually translated "all your males." Ehlich writes that it obviously does not mean every male because young male children did not have to travel to the chosen city. He explains that zekhurkha should be understood as "all able-bodied." These, he says, include females, as we see at the begining of the biblical book Samuel, which states that Samuel's father customarily took his two wives with him when he made the festival trip.

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