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Prohibition of In-Depth Torah Study Not Related to Noahide Code
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Here are those two verses, with some explanation:

In Numbers 23:19, Bilaam said these words that G-d put into his mouth: "G-d is not a man, that He should be deceitful, not a human being, that He should relent; would He say and not do, or speak and not confirm?"
Rashi explains,
- "not a man, etc.": He [G-d] has already sworn to [the Jewish people] to bring them [into] and to bequeath them the land of the seven [Canaanite] nations, and you [Balak] are under the impression to [think that you can] put them to death in the wilderness?
- "would He say, etc.?": [this is] an expression of astonishment [that you would think such a thing].
- "relent": they [human beings] come back [to a matter] and reconsider whether to retract.

In Deuteronomy. 4:15, Moses tells the Jewish people, "But you should take great care for your souls, for you did not see any likeness on the day G-d spoke to you at Horeb [Mt. Sinai], from the midst of the fire."
The straightforward explanation is that G-d revealed to them that He has no likeness to any physical or spiritual created thing.

The general rule for these and any other verses in the Hebrew BibleĀ  (Tanach) is that Noahides may study the traditional Rabbinical explanations of the simple meaning of the verses, and that includes the explanations by a number of traditional Jewish commentators (Rashi, Ramban, Sforno, etc.).
Noahides can also study the *subject matter* of any verses of Tanach at the level of "Mishnah", which in general includes any part of the Oral Torah that is recorded for the sake of basic knowledge. The topics of those verses that I think you're interested in as being relevant to the Noahide Code are the absolute noncorporeality of G-d, and that can be studied in numerous "Mishnah"-level texts such as Rambam's "Mishneh Torah" (Vol. I, "Laws of the Foundations of the Torah"), his "Guide of the Perplexed" and his "Thirteen Principles of Faith", and several works of Chassidus such as "The Gate of Unity and Faith" (Tanya, Book II).

Since this general subject is related to the Noahide Code, a Noahide can also do in-depth study by reading parts of Talmud and classic Kabbalah texts on this subject, if he has a proper teacher and proper guidance. The restriction that is being referred to in topic 5:3 of "The Divine Code" is in-depth analysis and investigation of the exact words of the verse itself. Rather, you start with the simple fact that the verse is coming to teach that G-d is not a human being, an He is non-corporeal, and based on that, you can learn the explanations from Oral Torah about G-d's noncorporeality.
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RE: Prohibition of In-Depth Torah Study Not Related to Noahide Code - by Director Michael - 12-11-2020, 12:04 PM
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