Nehemia Gordon & Keith Johnson – Pearls from the Torah Portion – Tzav – Leviticus 6:1-8:36

What exactly is the JEPD theory otherwise known as the Documentary Hypothesis? What is the role of the the Aaronic priest and is it fulfilled by any particular order today? Is the command to not drink blood just for Israel or does it apply to all the peoples of the earth? All this and more in this week’s Torah Pearls!

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  1. Vernon Singleton says

    Nehemiah and Keith were discussing the following verse in this portion:

    Deu 17:9 – “And you shall come to the priests, the Levites, and to the judge [there] in those days, and inquire [of them]; they shall pronounce upon you the sentence of judgment.”

    I have a question … are there 3 different kinds of folks being referred to here?
    1) priests
    2) the Levites
    3) the judge

    Or are they all one group? What if these folks disagreed? Who should we listen to today?

    In Him,

  2. Dan n Heidi says

    We just love u guys very much! We appreciate the open style and good humor as well. Never mind the h8rz. B blessed and keep it up!

  3. Ida Blom says

    I was hoping to hear what Lev 8:23 refers to: the lobe of Aaron’s right ear, right thumb and right big toe! Does anyone know what these right-sided body parts of Aaron signified?

  4. מיכאל says

    I know you are not in Genesis anymore…But I have a question for Nehemia; Is there a hebrew version of “The Book of Enoch?”. Also, could you or would you do a discussion/study of it? That would be awsome!

    Thank You, מיכאל

  5. Michael says

    I know you are not in Genesis anymore, but I have a question for Nehemia; Is there a Hebrew version of “The Book of Enoch,” like there is a Hebrew version of the Gospel of Matthew? Also, could you or would you do a discussion/study of The Book of Enoch?

    Thank You, Michael

  6. Michael says

    Why doesn’t Nehemia make a Hebrew English Bible with his commentaries included?

  7. Michael says

    Nehemia, have you ever seen The Mechanical Translation of The Book of Genesis that uses ancient Hebrew pictographs. And what are your opinions of those pictographs…are they legit?

    Thanks again, Michael

  8. WarrenB says

    “And Moss brought Aaron and his sons, and wahed them with water.” (Lev. 8:6).
    Can a comparison can be made here between Moses washing Aaron and his sons and Jesus’ washing of the feet of the disciples in Matthew?

    “After that he poureth water into a basin, and he began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter; and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou needest not to wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that has washed his hands and his head, needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit; and ye are clean, but not all. Now this was the custom of the Jews under their law; wherefore, Jesus did this that the law might be fulfilled.” (John 13:5-10).
    Is the law referred to here in Matthew go back to Lev. 8:6?

  9. Ester says

    Thank you, Nehemia, for pointing out Scrolls/Scriptures are often not in chronological order; due to time and periods overlapping, and Hebraic way of expression.
    Amein, to the purpose of ‘ministering’-to serve and barak/bless YHWH!
    And not for self exaltation.
    Did you say ‘shuok’ as in the HOT chilly served in Yisrael, Nehemia? LOL. We love it though we were warned it is hot!
    My Jerusalem Tanakh says shoulder/shin wav kuf, as well, not thigh.
    Very interesting info on internal and external sin offerings!
    Heaps of stuff I have not noticed before!
    Thank you guys! Shalom!

  10. Rebecca says

    Where can I find the schedule for the Torah portions? I’d like to read the portion before listening to the radio broadcast but I’m not sure which schedule you are using.

  11. Rose Mary says

    This does not apply to this parsha, but a previous one and a future one.
    In an earlier teaching anointing a sick person with oil (James 5:14) came up. The question was if there was any Jewish/Biblical precedent to such a practice and the answer was no. Only kings and priests are “anointed” with oil. I have been reading ahead in Leviticus 13 and 14 about the person with Tzaraas affliction in his skin who is declared unclean. When he is declared clean, part of the process is that his right ear, thumb and big toe are daubed with the blood of one of his sacrifices. That is followed by the same areas being daubed (not the word for anointed but the word for give) with oil. After he has gone through the entire process (sacrifices, separation, daubed with blood and oil), the priest declares him clean. Healed if you will. So I was thinking that this may have some bearing on the practice in James. Since tzaraas affliction is supposedly related to some sins and since James also mentions “confess your sins one to another…..that you may be healed” (James 5:16), there seems to me to be a possible connection here. What do you think?

  12. Krisi says

    I hope you are still reading these comments (I am trying to catch up on the Torah pearls); anyway, I have a question. During the portion where it was spoken of Jacob wrestling with the angel and his “thigh” was touched that word in hebrew is yarek (I know it was discussed it’s not actual thigh but more “private” matters)..
    now concerning this portion I know the hebrew word that is being translated as “thigh” or “shoulder”(which Nehemiah says is the correct translatioin) is a different hebrew word “showq”..
    Sooo here is my question Nehemiah says the same word for shoulder in Deut. 18:3 (zerowa) is also shoulder and the reason is because it was 40 years later and the language probably changed some..could it however be that maybe the “thigh/shoulder” in Leviticus is the same “private matter” spoken of in Genesis (concerning Jacob and the angel)..and if so would the cheeks be considered the back part of the animal “butt cheeks”..
    I don’t know hebrew so I don’t know if this could be possible or not but it seems to make sense to me to have the thigh in Leviticus and then have the thigh including the butt cheeks and stomach included in this at all possible or am I pulling at straws here? Thanks!

  13. Krisi says

    When I said “butt cheeks” I’m saying that because I don’t know if it is to be interpreted as facial cheeks or hind cheeks..makes more sense to me as hind ones if was speaking of thigh..thanks again.

  14. Krisi says

    so are you saying the dung of a cow is clean? ref. ezekiel 4:15..they were allowed to eat the bread cooked on cow dung but not human feces? I find them both gross..but you are saying the cow dung is considered kosher?

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