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What Repentance Really Meant in the Torah—and Why It Matters Today

Repentance in the Torah involved restitution for the wronged, responsibility from and grace for the wrongdoer, and justice within the whole community.

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Why Poetic Imagination Is Necessary to Understand Biblical Prophecy

The poetic imagination is that faculty which allows an image to become laden with meaning. We use this faculty to understand biblical prophecy.

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Neither Work nor Leisure Provides ‘Our Daily Bread’

God commands both work and rest, but neither of these provides our daily bread. Rather, they teach us to trust God to provide for our needs.

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Family Conflicts and the Restoration of the Cosmos, Part II: Kingship and Servanthood within the Elected Family

The Hebraic morals of kingship emerge in the struggle between Joseph and his brothers. This confounding story inverts the typical relationship between ruler and ruled.

Part of the Family Conflicts and the Restoration of the Cosmos series

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Living Well and Wisely with God and His People While Coping with Trauma

What do the Scriptures, especially the Hebrew Bible, have to say about the nature of traumatic events, and the lives of survivors coping with trauma? What does living well and wisely—positive coping—look like in the wake of horrific suffering?

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Biblical Culture-Making: How Sacred Order Shapes Social Order

Humans construct a social order that reflects or corresponds to some kind of sacred order. The Sinai covenant and the book of Judges illustrate this truth.

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Should We Repent of Our Grandparents’ Racism? Scripture on Intergenerational Sin

The recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have left many Americans wondering how to respond to…

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Bowing in the Service of God

Bowing before God helps us grasp the limitations of our power and knowledge. This new understanding shapes us to serve God in his endeavors of justice and charity.

The CHT Welcomes a New Administrative Director

The Center for Hebraic Thought is excited to welcome Celina Durgin as our new Administrative Director. The founding administrative director,…