Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Isaac and Ishmael Egypt 2_6 The Amarna Letters 2 months ago   06:45

Chapter 21 of Genesis, the birth of Isaac, opens the Torah reading on day 1 of Rosh Hashanah. Isaac’s birth prompts Sarah to turn on her maid servant Hagar, the mother of Abraham’s first son, Ishmael. In this first segment, Dr. David Neiman translates these chapters from the original Hebrew and places these dramatic events in historical context:

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Egypt 2_6 The Amarna Letters Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Isaac and Ishmael 2 months ago   06:06

Share Discovered in 1897, the letters of Tel El Amarna shed light on the political tensions that existed between Egypt, Canaan and Amurru during the period known as the Amarna Age. King Labayu of Shechem pleads for help from Pharaoh as does the Canaanite king of Byblos.

Dr. David Neiman (1921-2004) was an internationally renowned scholar, speaker, and writer who inspired many people. His life's work concerned the intricate relations between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism throughout history and in modern times. Dr. Neiman made history come alive through his dramatic presentations and unique interpretations. In light of our current world situation, Dr. Neiman's work is not only extremely relevant but also remarkably prescient. More than anything, Dr. Neiman was a keen observer of the human condition. His words convey our shared history with clarity, humor, and humanity.

Dr. Neiman was the first Jewish scholar appointed to teach Religion at Boston College, one of America's leading Catholic Universities. He served as Professor in the Department of Theology for a quarter of a century. While there he was also invited to teach at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. After retiring from Boston College, Dr.Neiman moved to Los Angeles, where he taught at Loyola Marymount University, St. John' s Seminary in Camarillo and the University of Judaism in Bel Air.