Tanakh

The Messiah

The term “mashiach” in the Torah literally means “the anointed one,” and refers to the ancient practice of anointing kings with oil when they took the throne. The word does not mean “saviour.” The notion of an innocent, divine or… Read More ›

Muhammad owned slaves

Muhammad owned slaves (though he freed them all before he died). Be careful what you disapprove of. The Bible, the Qur’an, Aristotle, Buddhist scriptures, St Augustine, Montesquieu, Kant, Locke and so on all condoned slavery in one form or another. … Read More ›

The daughter of Pharaoh

Photo credit:   Stephanie Thornton’s Daughter of the Gods Probably not many of us knew that rabbis such as Rashi presents Hagar, the wife of Patriarch Abraham as: Bath Par’o hayetah בַּת פַּרְעֹה הָיְתָה, or she was the daughter of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. She was an… Read More ›