Journal of Biblical Literature

Quarterly journal specializing in academic and biblical scholarship.

Articles from Vol. 118, No. 3, Fall

A Comparative Study of the Ritual of Ordination as Found in Leviticus 8 and Emar 369
A Comparative Study of the Ritual of Ordination as Found in Leviticus 8 and Emar 369, by Gerald A. Klingbeil. Lewiston, NY/Queenston, ON/Lampeter, UK: Mellen, 1998. Pp. xiv + 679. N.P. The present work grows out of Klingbeil's dissertation (University...
An Ancient Jewish Christian Source on the History of Christianity: Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions 1.27-71
An Ancient Jewish Christian Source on the History of Christianity: Pseudo-Clementine Recognitions 1.27-71, by F. Stanley Jones. Texts and Translations 37; Christian Apocrypha Series 2. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995. Pp. xiv + 208. $39.95. The Pseudo-Clementine...
Die Bamah
Die Bamah, by Matthias Gleis. BZAW 251. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 1997. Pp. x + 291. DM 168.00. Until now, the only monograph on the "high-place" (hereinafter "bamah") question was P. H. Vaughan's The Meaning of "bama" in the Old Testament (SOTSM...
Die Kriterienfrage in der Jesusforschung: Vom Differenzkriterium Zum Plausibilitatskriterium
Die Kriterienfrage in der Jesusforschung: Vom Differenzkriterium zum Plausibilitatskriterium, by Gerd Theissen and Dagmar Winter. NTOA 34. Freiburg: Universitatsverlag/Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1997. Pp. xii + 348. S.Fr. 98.00. Years ago...
Die Vorgeschichte Israels: Von Den Anfangen Bis Zum Ausgang Des 13. Jahrhunderts V. Chr
Die Vorgeschichte Israels: Von den Anfangen bis zum Ausgang des 13. Jahrhunderts v. Chr., by Niels Peter Lemche. Biblische Enzyklopadie 1. Stuttgart/Berlin/Cologne: Kohlhammer, 1996. Pp. 231. DM 39.00 (paper). In this first of twelve volumes in Kohlhammer's...
Ecclesiastes: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Ecclesiastes: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, by Choon-Leon Seow. AB 18C. New York: Doubleday, 1997. Pp. xxiv + 419. $39.95. This is a very welcome addition to the Anchor Bible series. It is a major commentary on Qohelet that will...
Ecrits Apocryphes Chretiens
Ecrits apocryphes chritiens, ed. Francois Bovon and Pierre Geoltrain. Paris: Gallimard, 1997. Pp. lxvi + 1,782. F 450,00. This handsome and not inexpensive volume of "French translations of Christian apocrypha" (to use the editors' terminology) will,...
Glaube Zwischen Vollkommenheit Und Verweltlichung: Eine Untersuchung Zur Literarischen Gestalt Und Zur Inhaltlichen Koharenz Des Jakobusbriefes
Glaube zwischen Vollkommenheit und Verweltlichung: Eine Untersuchung zur literarischen Gestalt und zur inhaltlichen Kohdrenz des Jakobusbriefes, by Manabu Tsuji. WUNT 2/93. Tibingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 1997. Pp. xii + 244. DM 118.00. Tsuji's study of the...
Is John's Gospel True?
Is John's Gospel True? by Maurice Casey. London/New York: Routledge, 1996. Pp. xii + 268. $74.95. Casey's remarkably detailed and thorough work seeks to prove that the Fourth Gospel, in contrast to the Synoptics, is not true. In most chapters he first...
Jesus De Nazareth, Christ et Seigneur: Une Lecture De l'Evangile
Jesus de Nazareth, Christ et Seigneur: Une lecture de l'Evangile, vol. 2, by Pierre Grelot. LD 170. Paris: Cerf; Montreal: Novalis, 1998. Pp. 553. F280 (paper). This is the second volume of a two-volume work, the first volume having been published in...
Onomasticon of the Hittite Pantheon: Parts I and II
Onomasticon of the Hittite Pantheon: Parts I and II, 2 vols., by B. H. L. van Gessel. Handbook of Oriental Studies. Leiden/New York/Cologne: Brill, 1998. Pp. xxiv + 604; xvi + 605-1,069. $264.00. The Hittites of second-millennium BCE Anatolia referred...
Paul's Gift from Philippi: Conventions of Gift Exchange and Christian Giving
Paul's Gift from Philippi: Conventions of Gift Exchange and Christian Giving, by G. W. Peterman. SNTSMS 92. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Pp. xi + 246. $54.95. Paul's supposedly grudging acknowledgment of the Philippians' gift in Phil...
People and Land in the Holiness Code: An Exegetical Study of the Ideational Framework of the Law in Leviticus 17-26
People and Land in the Holiness Code: An Exegetical Study of the Ideational Framework of the Law in Leviticus 17-26, by Jan Joosten. VTSup 67. Leiden/New York/Cologne: Brill, 1996. Pp. xiv + 221. $87.25. This volume, a revision of Joosten's dissertation...
Philodemus: On Frank Criticism
Philodemus: On Frank Criticism, ed. David Konstan, Diskin Clay, Clarence E. Glad, Johan C. Thom, and James Ware. Texts and Translations 43; Graeco-Roman 13. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1998. Pp. xii +191. $34.95. Philodemus (ca. 110-40/35 BCE) was a Syrian...
Prophetenwort Und Geschichte: Die Jesajauberlieferung in Jes 6-8 Und 28-31
Prophetenwort und Geschichte: Die Jesajauberlieferung in Jes 68 und 28-31, by Jorg Barthel. FAT 19. Tibingen: Mohr-Siebeck. Pp. xiv + 522. DM 189.00. This is a historical-critical study of Isaiah 6-8 and 28-31, originally completed as a doctoral dissertation...
Q 11:2b-4, the Lord's Prayer / Q 12:49-59, Children against Parents, Judging the Time, Settling out of Court
Q 11:2b4, The Lord's Prayer, by Shawn Carruth and Albrecht Garsky, ed. Stanley D. Anderson. Documenta Q: Reconstructions of Q through Two Centuries of Gospel Research Excerpted, Sorted and Evaluated. Leuven: Peeters, 1996. Pp. xii + 206. N.P. Q 12:49-59,...
Sixth Ezra: The Text and Origin
Sixth Ezra: The Text and Origin, by Theodore A. Bergren. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Pp. xiv + 282. $49.95. The apocalyptic work traditionally called 2 Esdras, which is included as an appendix to the Latin Vulgate (where it is entitled 4...
The Archaeology of Israel: Constructing the Past, Interpreting the Present
The Archaeology of Israel: Constructing the Past, Interpreting the Present, ed. Neil Asher Silberman and David Small. JSOTSup 237. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. Pp. 350. $65.00. The title of this volume promises somewhat more than its fifteen...
The Book within the Book: Writing in Deuteronomy
The Book Within the Book: Writing in Deuteronomy, by Jean-Pierre Sonnet. Biblical Interpretation Series 14. Leiden/New York/Cologne: Brill, 1997. Pp. xvi + 299. $93.75. As questions of the history of composition continue to generate heated discussion...
The Dead Sea Psalms Scrolls and the Book of Psalms
The Dead Sea Psalms Scrolls and the Book of Psalms, by Peter S. Flint. STDJ 17. Leiden/New York/Cologne: Brill, 1997. Pp. xxiv + 322 + 10 plates. $101.25. This "ambitious book," to quote the author's own words in the Preface, is a revised, enlarged and...
The Flourishing of Jewish Sects in the Maccabean Era: An Interpretation
The Flourishing of Jewish Sects in the Maccabean Era: An Interpretation, by Albert I. Baumgarten. Supplements to JSJ 55. Leiden/New York/Cologne: Brill, 1997. Pp. xiv + 240. $84.50. Albert Baumgarten's articles on many aspects of Second Temple Judaism...
The Formation of the Book of the Twelve: A Study in Text and Canon
The Fornmtion of the Book of the Twelve: A Study in Text and Canon, by Barry Alan Jones. SBLDS 149. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995. Pp. xiii + 266. $24.95 (paper). The earliest Hebrew and Greek manuscripts attest to both the unity and the diverse arrangement...
The Graeco-Roman Context of Early Christian Literature
The Graeco-Roman Context of Early Christian Literature, by Roman Garrison. JSNTSup 137. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. Pp. 123. 24.50/$35.00. Garrison's book focuses on the relationship of early Christian literature to GrecoRoman philosophy,...
The Hebrew University Bible and Biblia Hebraica Quinta
The publication of two full volumes of The Hebrew University Bible (HUB), in 1995 and 1997, followed in 1998 by the publication of an initial, sample fascicle of Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ), provides the opportunity to offer a perspective on the place...
The Jewish Temple: A Non-Biblical Sourcebook
The Jewish Temple: A Non-Biblical Sourcebook, by C. T. R. Hayward. London/New York: Routledge, 1996. Pp. xvi + 211. $18.95 (paper). The importance of the Jerusalem temple for early Judaism can hardly be overestimated, a point nicely reflected in the...
The Temptations of Jesus in Mark's Gospel
The Temptations of Jesus in Mark's Gospel, by Susan R. Garrett. Grand Rapids/Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 1998. Pp. x + 212. 212.99/$20.00. With this work of great promise, the Gospel of Mark receives a fresh exegetical and theological interpretation. Garrett...
The Theology of Paul the Apostle
The Theology of Paul the Apostle, by James D. G. Dunn. Grand Rapids/Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 1998. Pp. xvi + 808. $45.00/29.95. Into this massive volume Professor Dunn has poured both his vast learning and his passion for his hero, Paul. The result is...