The Silencing of Prophecy and the Rise of Oral Law

The book of Malachi, read on the Sabbath before Passover, marks the moment in Jewish history when priestly authority gave way to rabbinic judgment.

From The Prophet Malachi by Duccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1310 at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Siena Cathedral. Wikimedia.

From The Prophet Malachi by Duccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1310 at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Siena Cathedral. Wikimedia.

Atar Hadari
Observation
April 13 2016
About the author

Atar Hadari’s Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of H. N. Bialik (Syracuse University Press) was a finalist for the American Literary Translators’ Association Award. His Lives of the Dead: Poems of Hanoch Levin earned a PEN Translates award and was released in 2019 by Arc Publications. He was ordained by Rabbi Daniel Landes and is completing a PhD on William Tyndale’s translation of Deuteronomy.


The vision of the word of the Lord to Israel in the hand of My messenger. I loved you, says the Lord. But you say, “Wherein have You loved us?”

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