Pinchas Shir

Pinchas Shir

My research is focused on the interpretations of biblical texts in the contexts of ancient culture, languages, and history.

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The Words We Speak This Pesach

The Words We Speak This Pesach

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev used to teach his students an interesting spiritual lesson about Passover. This is how he explained the meaning of the Passover holiday (Pesach). “Pesach” literally means peh-sach, “the mouth פה (peh) talks שח (sach).” On Pesach we open our mouths and talk about the wonders...

A New King
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A New King

In Shemot, Exodus 1:8 says that “a new king rose over Egypt” – vayakam melekh chadash al mitzraim. As generations pass, new leaders rise all the time. New leadership often brings changes, and most of us are resilient enough to make adjustments through those changes. But Torah adds one more...

Researching the Last Supper Menu

Researching the Last Supper Menu

What did Jesus and his disciples eat during the Last Supper? What was on the menu? New research reveals a list of likely foods. A bean stew, lamb, olives, bitter herbs, a fish sauce, unleavened bread, dates, and aromatic wine likely were on the menu at the Last Supper, says...

Rest is Trust
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Rest is Trust

Taking a break from cultivating the land for the whole year sounds good in theory, but it can impact people economically in a major way. Most of us are not farmers today, but it is not hard to imagine the implications of such a step of faith. Taking a break...

Spirituality of Pesach and Omer Customs
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Spirituality of Pesach and Omer Customs

As an educator, I experiment with different types of teaching. Most often, in my videos, I present all sorts of academic, historical, biblical, and religious information in lecture format. Occasionally, I lead spiritual discussions, which are also educational, but they are meant to be a learning of a different sort....

The Riddle of Passover Charoset
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The Riddle of Passover Charoset

First of all, what is Charoset? It is a special Passover menu item found on every Jewish table that celebrates the exodus from Egypt. Today Charoset (חֲרֽוֹסֶת), a sweet brown mixture eaten as a part of the memorial meal that looks back to the slavery of...

The Riddle of Passover Bone

The Riddle of Passover Bone

The Jewish Passover Celebration is a remembrance of the chosen people’s exodus from Egypt. During this celebration, a special plate with symbolic items is set as the centerpiece of every festive table. One of the items on this special plate is a bone. The traditional name of the bone...

Over 2000 Egyptian Deities - Ancient History

Over 2000 Egyptian Deities - Ancient History

Egypt is a key ancient power to be understood by any serious student of the Bible. But who has the time to study their vast culture in detail? Thankfully general understanding of the topic can be gained pretty fast these days, and Encyclopedias are a huge help here. This is...

The World of Hebrew Prophets: Isaiah (40-66)
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The World of Hebrew Prophets: Isaiah (40-66)

This multi-part seminar, "The World of Hebrew Prophets," explores the ancient messages by seeking to understand the world, the events, and the circumstances that surround the lives of prophets and their audiences. These recordings are segments of an undergraduate class I taught at a Christian college. These are...

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