In this episode of Prophet Pearls, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion of Beha'alotecha covering Zechariah 2:10[2:14]-4:7. Gordon and Johnson bring their best scholarship along with their best guesses to decipher Joshua’s emotive vision of the angel of the Lord, a satan, a stone with seven eyes, a gold lamp-stand, two olive trees and a brand plucked from fire.
Gordon explains the different forms in which the name Joshua appears. Other word studies include: “dwell”—which shares the root of “shekinah,” “levite/join,” “satan/adversary”—with its noun and verb usages, and lastly—“tzemach/branch”—the promised servant.
In closing, Gordon explains the fascinating history of the picture of the week and offers the 15th benediction of the Amidah—praying that Yehovah will speedily send his Tzemach —the branch of his salvation.
"...behold a Menorah all of gold... and his seven lamps thereon... and two olive trees by it..." Zechariah 4:2-3
Photo by Nehemia Gordon.