Student Teaching in the New Millenium

5771 B’hukkotai II

In Leviticus on May 17, 2011 at 2:21 am

Why is this Parsha named “statutes” when the onus is on reward and punishment for carrying out the “commandments”?

Does the Prophet warn against idolizing the activities described here? Is the Prophet warning against worship of the state here?

There are patterns in the language that translations obscure, aren’t there? Is the passage more accurately translated “And chase you of you the five, a hundred. And a hundred of you ten-thousand will chase”? Poetry? Who is being chased? What does this mean?

Why is the word translated “remove” look so much like Shabbat? (vih-heesh-bah-tee) What does this mean?

Was there tension with monastic or seclusive inclinations among the traditions in Jeremiah’s time? Verses 5 and 6 read like indictments of Buddhist culture. The funny thing is, I’m not sure the Buddhists would take any issue.

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