Commentary on Numbers 15:37-41

Notes (NET Translation) 37 The LORD spoke to Moses: 38 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them to make tassels for themselves on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and put a blue thread on the tassel of the corners. Deut 22:12 specifies a tassel at each corner of the square outer garment.…

Commentary on Numbers 15:32-36

Notes (NET Translation) 32 When the Israelites were in the wilderness they found a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day. Many commentators think this passage provides an example of a man sinning defiantly (vv 30-31). In my opinion, the plausibility of this suggestion depends on the meaning of the phrase “there was no clear…

Commentary on Numbers 15:22-31

Notes (NET Translation) Leviticus 4:1–5:13 already has legislation on similar matters. In Lev. 4, four classes of sinners are delineated: the anointed priest (vv. 1–12), the whole community (vv. 13–21), the leader (nāśî, vv. 22–26), and the individual (vv. 27–35). In the present passage these classes are reduced to two more general ones: the community…

Re: Aquinas’ Argument from Motion

A reader has asked me to comment on another of Mike D’s posts at The A-Unicornist blog: Aquinas’ Argument from Motion Some day (in the distant future) I’d like to write more on this site about Aquinas’s philosophy but today we shall merely focus on why Mike’s criticisms of the argument from motion are unsuccessful.…

Commentary on Numbers 15:17-21

Notes (NET Translation) 17 The LORD spoke to Moses: 18 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them, ‘When you enter the land to which I am bringing you 19 and you eat some of the food of the land, you must offer up a raised offering to the LORD. In Mishnah Ḥallah 1:1, the rabbis…

Re: Towards an Understanding of the Mind

A reader solicited comments on two posts from Mike D at The A-Unicornist blog: Toward an Understanding of the Mind: The Mind-Body Problem Toward an Understanding of the Mind: Problems with Dualism The first post just summarizes the mind-body problem. In the second post, Mike states his purpose to be the following: For the purposes…