Neviim Tovim, blogs by Gillian Gould Lazarus


By now, my posts about the prophets of the Hebrew bible are probably outnumbered by my posts about present day predicaments, particularly about the surge of antisemitism in recent times. Nevertheless, the blog still goes under the difficult-to-spell name of Neviim is the Hebrew word for prophets (Navi is masculine singular, neviah feminine) and tovim means good, plural to agree with the plural noun. The phrase comes up in Hebrew liturgy just before the prophetic reading from the bible, in a blessing which refers to good prophets – ‘neviim tovim‘. So a blog which started out about prophets is now about 21st century troubles as seen by me, a British Jewish woman in North London. If you’re reading this, thank you. I appreciate all readers.
Gillian Gould Lazarus


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HI, I came across your blog. Very informative. Did you study the old testament at a college? I guess I want to know how authentic your interpretations are. I would like to follow your blog. Anju Jolly

Thank you Anju. I did a Masters at a Jewish seminary in London called Leo Baeck College. They train most of the European Reform and Progressive rabbis there. I’ve long been involved in synagogue life, and ran an adult bible study group. It seems to me that, the more you study the bible, the more you come across difficult or displeasing texts. Perhaps that’s how it is with all the holy scriptures, whatever the religion. Holiness in a text doesn’t seem to mean easiness or even reasonableness, does it?

Interesting blog. 🙂 You seem to have a lot of knowledge about the Tanach.

Thank you for taking time to look at the blog.

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  • Gillian Gould Lazarus: Than you Gary. I also think the words of the angel are very special, even for angelic discourse.
  • Garry Maddocks: Thanks Gillian ,vy informative and I always appreciate your humour too. I like the words of the angel at the end.
  • Gillian Gould Lazarus: Thank you Keith. Not sure why the Pharisees get such a bad press in the NT. The Sadducees do too, but they were the priestly cast, so you expect it.
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