The Bat Kol Institute
for Jewish Studies
Christians Studying the Bible within Jewish milieu, using Jewish Sources
In Hebrew, Bat Kol means, "daughter of a voice." She is the daughter of God's Voice and her dwelling places range from the loftiest heights of human thought to the lowliest of hearts on earth. Bat Kol Institute fosters Jewish Studies, defined as study of the Word of God (Torah) within its Jewish milieu, using Jewish sources, ancient and modern, with the help of Jewish and Christian scholars. Christianity is rooted in Judaism as a plant is rooted in the earth; it cannot live apart from the soil in which it is planted.
Study the weekly Torah portion using Jewish sources
In Imitatio Dei and in imitation of Jesus and his disciples
Fulfilling who we are as disciples of Jesus
Our key to the exegesis of Jewish texts
Our method of study based on "iron sharpens iron" (Prov. 27: 1)
Parashat Lech Lecha
This week’s Torah portion, Lech Lecha (literally, betake yourself; go to you), begins with the story of God’s call to Abraham, the promise of blessings and Abraham’s response (Gen 12: 1-3). Towards the end it tells us that God describes his covenant with Abraham and his descendants “as an everlasting covenant ...
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The first reading today is the final part of the fourth Servant Song in Isaiah. It speaks of the servant’s suffering and the reaction of his contemporaries towards him, leading to the concluding verse of this whole section, words of thanksgiving for God’s wonderful deliverance of God’s faithful servant...