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A thought: The verse says (Eichah 3:23) חדשים לבקרים רבה אמונתך which is understood to mean that Hashem renews creation each morning, along the lines of מחדש בטובו בכל יום תמיד. The Zohar teaches that הסתכל באורייתא וברא עלמא - Hashem looked into the Torah and created the world. Therefore, in order to "recreate anew" each morning, Hashem again looks ...
HaShem is emulating how a person is supposed to conduct his life. God is showing us how a Jewish persons agenda should be. We should be engaged in Torah study, as well as working for a living. Reguarding the other two, judging and sporting with leviathan, I'm not sure.
Creation has many laws to uphold it. HaShem studying would be applying and keeping to what He has set. Like having a code for life and following it. My reply is in a practical sense, not a scriptual sense.
To restate the crucial part of your question: Is there any truth to this exchange ever happening? In other words, you are searching for a historical basis for this event in the past? You can look up the exchange in context, in Avodah Zara 2a-b. The quote begins: R. Hanina b. Papa — some say R. Simlai — expounded [the foregoing verse] thus: In ...
This excerpt refers to a metaphysical event that occurs in heaven. The claim that "we did it all for the Jews" is made by the angel serving as the Roman's defense attorney in the heavenly court and not by any actual Roman.
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