By Abraham Ibn Ezra, H. Norman Strickman

Rabbi Abraham ibn Ezra, poet, thinker, and mathematician, was once one of many impressive personalities produced through medieval Jewry. His leader declare to popularity, notwithstanding, is his statement at the Bible. The latter is outlined in all significant variants of the Hebrew Scriptures and stimulated different luminaries equivalent to Maimonides, Rabbi David Kimchi, Nahmanides, Ralbag, Abravanel, and all severe scholars of the Hebrew Bible, for whom his works are crucial. Ibn Ezra's observation at the first Books of Psalms is now to be had in English for the 1st time, followed via an intensive annotation. scholars of Scripture in any respect degrees will locate this a beneficial software for his or her reports of Scripture and Jewish inspiration.

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20. Rabbi Saadiah Gaon was bothered by the image of God sitting in heaven and laughing. 21. The form that matter takes. 22. Lit. ” 23. God is unchangeable. 24. Heb. Ha-medabber. 25. E. employs a similar expression in chapter 12 of His Yesod Mora and in his commentary on Gen. 1:26. The clause may be explained to mean that the Torah was given to people who speak and hear. ’s commentary on Genesis. However, from a similar comment in Deut. 5: 5 it appears the term ha-medabber refers to Moses. In this case we should interpret: For Moses who spoke and Israel who heard were human.

E. on Deut. 32:18. 58. Lit. ” 59. Lit. ” 60. Lit. ” 61. From the root resh, ayin, ayin. 62. In tero’em. 63. To compensate for one of the missing ayins, for tero’em is spelled with one ayin. 64. From the root sin, kaf, kaf. Tesokkem is spelled with only one kaf. The dagesh compensates for the missing letter. 65. From the root samekh, bet, bet. Tesobbem is spelled with only one bet. The dagesh compensates for the 30 CHAPTER 2 WITH A ROD OF IRON. 66 Our verse is in contrast to Why do the nations gather (v.

Asapperah el chok (I will relate the decree) means, I will issue a decree that what I now say should be told. 56 THIS DAY HAVE I BEGOTTEN THEE. This is similar to Of the Rock that begot you; you were unmindful (Deut. 57 8. ASK OF ME, AND I WILL GIVE THE NATIONS FOR THINE INHERITANCE, AND THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR THY POSESSION. ASK. It is customary for a father to leave an inheritance58 for his son. Scripture therefore reads nations for thine inheritance. AND THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. Afse (ends of ) is related to59 the word afes (gone) in for our money is all gone (Gen.

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