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Vowels in Hebrew - called n'kudot - are written as dots and lines surrounding the letters. In an actual Torah - written on parchment - these symbols aren't there. As an example, here's a picture of a book called a "tikkun", which is used to help learn the chanting for the traditional way to read the Torah: On the right side is text with ...


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As other answers have mentioned, what is meant is simply what is said: many renderings of the Torah leave out the vowel markers (and punctuation). As several comments have offered, this is a common feature of a lot of Hebrew text, and more broadly, is found in quite a few languages (off the top of my head, I believe Arabic is also often written this way, and ...


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The relevant passsage in the Bible is easy enough to find: it is Ecclesiates 4:12 (see Bible Hub): And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (King James Bible) Findng the (possibly) corresponding passage in the Epic of Gilgamesh took a bit more effort. Apparently, there is a close verbal parallel ...


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It's a mispronunciation of Doré Bible. The mispronunciation is quite natural: to an English speaker's eye, Doré looks like "Dore", which would be a homophone of "door" in English. It also fits with the context (images), since Doré's contribution was as an illustrator and not a translator for the Bible. How I found this answer (because it's interesting) As ...


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The entire book can be seen as an allegory for the Bible. It has a startlingly large number of allusions to Jewish and Christian myths and stories. Here are some of them: The island, in the beginning, is a parallel for the Garden of Eden Ralph's first act upon reaching the island is to take off his clothes and jump into the water. This symbolizes the ...


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How much does this poem differ from the Bible story? The poem appears to be mostly consistent with the original Biblical story (starting with Gen. 22:3, through part of Gen. 22:13). As to your three bulleted points: "took the fire with him, and a knife" is, indeed, part of the story (Gen. 22:6). The only thing Abraham built was an altar (Gen. 22:9)...


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Existing answers have covered a few of these concepts, but there was plenty of Christian iconography apart from the devil who promoted evil among mankind. The island itself, particularly Simon's glade, functions as a kind of Garden of Eden that is gradually corrupted by the introduction of evil. Simon's glade turns into a kind of church because of him. ...


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The allusions mentioned above are true in some regard; although, some clarity could be made about the Christian idea of sin. Christianity affirms that each individual has the choice of, even the propensity to, sin; but that sin is always a product of choice, even when tempted by the devil (in our story, "The Lord of the Flies"). Therefore, Simon's ...


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In an article in Haaretz, Elon Gilad and Ruth Schuster write: The “marble arch” may allude to Titus’ Victory Arch in Rome, a monument celebrating the Roman final victory over the Jews. If so, Cohen is comparing his lover to the Roman victors and himself to the devastated Jews, who had just lost their Temple. Like the revolt, he is crushed.


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Someone in the comments gave this interpretation: There's not much confusion if you look at the quotes in context. This quote comes after he has been nailed to the cross and has spent several hours being tortured. Passersby are insulting him and saying "If you're really the son of God, get down off the cross yourself! Perform a miracle!" He can't. ...


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The only direct description of an angel in the Bible is in Revelation 10:1 (emphasis added): And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud, and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire Angels are also sometimes described in other Bible verses as having "glory" (e.g.,...


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Walther Sallaberger's book Das Gilgamesch-Epos. Mythos, Werk und Tradition (C. H. Beck, 2008) discusses the flood story mainly in the context of the Standard Babylonian version of the Gilgamesh Epic. This is the version whose redaction is attributed to Sîn-lēqi-unninni and which Sallaberger dates to the 11th century BC. There is no evidence that the flood ...


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Possibly the reference to seeing her flag on the marble arch refers to seeing her conquered, or taken, by another? Since the following line is "Our love is not a victory march" - A victory march for one, implies a defeat for another. I can't speak to which arch may have been intended, but I think this interpretation fits with the other themes in the song.


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I don't think Cohen has ever made this clear, so we can only speculate. While I agree that the Arch of Titus makes the most sense, three other candidates jump out at me: Washington Square Arch in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, NYC, the city Cohen was in when he wrote Hallelujah. Soldiers marched under this arch at the New York City Victory Parade of 1946 (...


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"cast a bank" means to build a ramp. This is the archaic meaning of "cast" as in item 1, subitem 9 here: (archaic) To throw up, as a mound, or rampart. Bible, Luke xix.48 Thine enemies shall cast a trench [bank] about thee. And the meaning of "bank" as in a bank of something, as in item 2 here: A long, high mass or mound of a ...


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The most famous ladder in the Bible is Jacob's ladder in Genesis 28 (here quoted from the New King James Version): Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to ...


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The article Kinderbijbel ("children's bible") in the Dutch Wikipedia is not much more than a stub; it contains nothing on the history of children's bibles in Dutch. The article Bijbelvertalingen (bible translations) claims that professor Johannes van der Palm (1763 - 1840) published the first children's bible in Dutch: Bijbel voor de jeugd. Tafereelen uit de ...


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Yes and no. Yes because he resembles the great prostitute in the way that he misguided the whole world. But no because most of the characters in the Chronicles of Narnia don't primarily represent their biblical archetype but rather, as in Lewis' The Screwtape Letters the different ways human psychology can go to. That's because Narnia was indeed written to ...


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