Abraham the Patriarch breathes his last in Genesis 25. He is “gathered to his people,” a mysterious phrase for which Ibn Ezra offers two insights.
Avram has a vision where God tells him his descendants will be strangers (ger) in a land not theirs. Ibn Ezra finds an unusual meaning to the word ger.
Doubt fills us with uncertainty, anxiety, frustration, and holds us back from important work. But it also has its place in a life of integrity.
Abraham ibn Ezra starts his Torah commentary with a brief poem. He offers it as a prayer for true and successful interpretation.
Rashbam. Andrew of St. Victor. Two medieval French scholars, devoted to the plain-sense contextual interpretation of the Bible. One Jewish, one Christian.