In their arrogance and pride the wicked say, ‘God will not seek it out’. All their thoughts are, ‘There is no God.’

– Psalm 10:4

 

NOTE
101 Cornerstone Verses is a series of on-line Biblical quotes consisting of exactly one hundred and one verses taken from numerous ENglish-language translations of the Judeo/Christian Bible, including both the Old and the New Testament. More than 40 different Bibles were consulted in the process of obtaining, and sometimes editing, these particular Biblical verses. This series, 101 Cornerstone Verses, is meant to represent the best and the greatest, the most relevant and important, the most bizarre and profound sentences to ever be found in the English language. Indeed, they are the very Word of God. God bless and Shalom.

SOURCE: BibleGateway.com

101 Cornerstone Verses – The Ancient of Atheists

101 Cornerstone Bible Verses – The Female will Surround the Male

101 Cornerstone Bible Verses - The Female will Surround the Male

How long will you wander about, you back-sliding daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing upon the earth- a woman shall encircle a man.

– Jeremiah 31:22

 

NOTE
101 Cornerstone Verses is a series of on-line Biblical quotes consisting of exactly one hundred and one verses taken from numerous English-language translations of the Judeo/Christian Bible, including both the Old and the New Testament. More than 40 different Bibles were consulted in the process of obtaining, and sometimes editing, these particular Biblical verses. This series, 101 Cornerstone Verses, is meant to represent the best and the greatest, the most relevant and important, the most bizarre and profound sentences to ever be found in the English language. Indeed, they are the very Word of God. God bless and Shalom.

SOURCE: BibleGateway.com

Meaning of the Titles to the Books of the Old Testament

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Brief List of the Books of the Old Testament and their Word Meanings

GENESIS: Origin, beginning, creation
EXODUS: A mass departure
LEVITICUS: Related to the Levites
NUMBERS: same as ‘Numbers’ in English
DEUTERONOMY: Second Law
JOSHUA: God is salvation
JUDGES: same as ‘Judges’ in English
RUTH: Appearance, friendship
1 SAMUEL: Heard of God, His name is El, name of God
2 SAMUEL: Heard of God, His name is El, name of God
1 KINGS: same as ‘Kings’ in English
2 KINGS: same as ‘Kings’ in English
1 CHRONICLES: Historical record
2 CHRONICLES: Historical record
1 EZRA: Help
2 EZRA: Help
TOBIT: Good, my God
JUDITH: Jewess, praised
ESTHER: Star
JOB: Persecuted
PSALMS: Sacred song, hymn
PROVERBS: Saying, adage, maxim
ECCLESIASTES: Congregation
(SONG OF) SOLOMON: Peaceable
WISDOM: same as ‘Wisdom’ in English
ECCLESIASTES: Congregation, gathering
ISAIAH: God is salvation
JEREMIAH: The LORD (YHVH) casts forth, the LORD hurls
LAMENTATIONS: Expression of grief or sadness
BARUCH: Blessed
EZEKIEL: God will strengthen
DANIEL: God is my judge

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HOSEA: Salvation
JOEL: The LORD (YHVH) is God
AMOS: Strong
OBADIAH: Servant of God
JONAH: Dove
MICAH: Who is like God?
NAHUM: Comfort
HABAKKUK: Embrace
ZEPHANIAH: Hid, or hidden, of the LORD
HAGGAI: Festive
ZACHARIAH: Whom the LORD (YHVH) remembered
MALACHI: Angel, messenger
1 MACCABEES: Hammer
2 MACCABEES: Hammer

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God bless and Shalom.

Rabbi Samuel b. Nahmani said in Rabbi Jonathan’s name:

‘I will give thanks unto Thee, for Thou hast answered me’ was said by David.
‘The stone which the builders rejected is become the chief corner-stone’ by Jesse…
‘This is the Lord’s doing’, by his brothers…
‘This is the day which the Lord hath made’ by Samuel…

– Babylonian Talmud, Mas. Pesachim 119a

Cornerstone Quotables – Talmudic Reference to the ‘Cornerstone’

Ushpizin, the Seven Shepherds of Judaism

This One will be our peace. When the Assyrian invades our land, when he tramples on our citadels, then we will raise against him Seven Shepherds and Eight Princes of men.

– Micah 5:5

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Ushpizin (Aramaic: “visitors”)- according to the Jewish Kabbalistic book the Sefer ha-zohar (“Book of Splendour”), Seven ancient worthies who take turns visiting the homes of all pious Jews to share their dinner on the festival of Sukkoth. A custom developed of reciting a fixed formula of invitation to the Seven: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David.

Encyclopedia Britannica (2008), Britannica.com

In chronological order, the Seven Shepherds of Judaism are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David. However, these Shepherds also correspond to the Seven days of the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot (Festival of Tabernacles) and appear as spiritual guests in the following order: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David.

Why are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David called Shepherds? Some were indeed shepherds, and this was, at times, the primary reason they were chosen to lead

– The Seven Shepherds we invite to the sukkah are in fact none other than ourselves, Arthur Kurzweil (2009) Arthurkurzweil.com

The Seven Shepherds of Israel
1. Abraham
2. Isaac
3. Jacob
4. Joseph
5. Moses
6. Aaron
7. David

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During the holiday [of Sukkot], some Jews recite the ushpizin prayer which symbolises the welcoming of seven “exalted guests” into the sukkah. These ushpizin (Aramaic אושפיזין – ‘guests’), represent the seven shepherds of Israel: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David. According to tradition, each night a different guest enters the sukkah followed by the other six. Each of the ushpizin has a unique lesson which teaches the parallels of the spiritual focus of the day on which they visit.

– Sukkot, Wikipedia

The Seven Ushpizin of Sukkot
Day 1. Abraham
Day 2. Isaac
Day 3. Jacob
Day 4. Moses
Day 5. Aaron
Day 6. Joseph
Day 7. David

So we come to the ushpizin. As we fill our sukkah with earthly guests, we merit to host seven supernal guests, the seven “founding fathers” of the Jewish people: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David. While all seven ushpizin visit our sukkah on each of the seven nights and days of Sukkot, each supernal “guest” is specifically associated with one of the festival’s seven days, and is the “leading” or dominant ushpiza for that night and day.

– The Ushpizin, by Yanki Tauber, Chabad.org

Interestingly enough, the Babylonian Talmud has a very different list of Seven Shepherds than that used today by all denominations of Judaism. Indeed, David, Adam, Abraham, Jacob and Moses are included, but two others are different as they exclude Isaac and Joseph from the list:

Who are these Seven Shepherds? David in the middle, Adam, Seth, and Methuselah on his right, and Abraham, Jacob, and Moses on his left. And who are the Eight Princes? Jesse, Saul, Samuel, Amos, Zephaniah, Zedekiah, Messiah, and Elijah.

– The Talmud, Sukkah 52b