Journal of Biblical Literature

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Articles from Vol. 118, No. 4, Winter

Angelomorphic Christology: Antecedents and Early Evidence
Angelomorphic Christology: Antecedents and Early Evidence, by Charles A. Gieschen. AGJU 42. Leiden/Boston/Cologne: Brill, 1998. Pp. xvi + 403. $115.75. The main purpose of this study (built upon Gieschen's 1995 Ph.D. dissertation supervised by Jan Fossum,...
Beyond the River: New Perspectives on Transeuphratene
Beyond the River: New Perspectives on Transeuphratene, by josette Elayi and jean Sapin. JSOTSup 250. Trans. J. Edward Crowley. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998. Pp. 191.235.00/$58.00. This programmatic book, an earlier version of which was published...
Booths or Succoth? A Response to Yigael Yadin
{Bell & Howell Information and Learning: Foreign Text Omitted} The term (...) occurs seven times in the Hebrew Bible (Lev 23:42 bis, 43; 2 Sam 11:11; 1 Kgs 20:12, 16; Neh 8:14) and has traditionally been understood to denote portable shelters, be...
Choose Your Mother, Choose Your Master: Galatians 4:21-5:1 in the Shadow of the Anatolian Mother of the Gods
Bell and Howell Information & Learning: Foreign text omitted. In Gal 4:21-5:1, Paul presents what he calls an allegory from the law.1 He does not actually quote the text that he interprets allegorically but bases a set of contrasts on the family...
Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism
Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism, by Adela Yarbro Collins. JSJSup 50. Leiden/New York/Cologne: Brill, 1996. Pp. xii + 261. $99.50. Adela Yarbro Collins's new book Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism...
Die Johanneische Eschatologie. Band 1, Ihre Probleme Im Spiegel der Forschung
Die Johanneische Eschatologie. Band 1, Ihre Probleme im Spiegel der Forschung, by Jorg Frey. WUNT 96. Tubingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 1997. Pp. xx + 551. DM 188.00. This volume is a dissertation done under Martin Hengel at Tubingen. It is a detailed examination...
Documenta Q: The Data Base of the International Q Project; Q 4:1-13, 16; the Temptations of Jesus; Nazara
Documenta Q: The Data Base of the International 9 Proect; Q 4:1-13,16, The Temptations of Jesus; Nazara, by Shawn Carruth and James M. Robinson, ed. Christoph Heil. Leuven: Peeters, 1996. Pp. xviii + 479. N.P. Documenta Q is actually the title for a...
Gottes Langer Atem: Die Exoduserzahlung (Ex 1-14) in Asthetischer Und Historischer Sicht
Gottes langer Atern: Die Exoduserzdhlung (Ex 1-14) in asthetischer und historischer Sicht, by Helmut Utzschneider. SBS 166. Stuttgart: Katholisches Bibelwerk, 1996. Pp. 134. DM 35.80 (paper). Helmut Utzschneider, teaching OT at the Kirchliche Hochschule...
Heritage and Hellenism: The Reinvention of Jewish Tradition
Heritage and Hellenism: The Reinvention of Jewish Tradition, by Erich S. Gruen. Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1998. Pp. xx + 335. $38.00. In this book, Gruen, professor of ancient history at Berkeley, deals with the Jewish reactions...
Herod: King of the Jews and Friend of the Romans
Herod: King of the Jews and Friend of the Romans, by Peter Richardson. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1996. Pp. xxvi + 360. $34.95. Peter Richardson's "biographical study" of Herod the Great opens with a series of fictional obituaries...
Israel Am Gottesberg: Eine Untersuchung Zur Literargeschichte der Vorderen Sinaiperikope Ex 19-24 Und Deren Historischem Hintergrund
Israel am Gottesberg: Eine Untersuchung zur Literargeschichte der vorderen Sinaiperikope Ex 19-24 und deren historischem Hintergrund, by Wolfgang Oswald. OBO 159. Freiburg: Universitatsverlag; Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1998. Pp. x + 286....
"I Will Give You Rest": The Rest Motif in the New Testament with Special Reference to Mt 11 and Heb 3-4
Bell & Howell Information and Learning: Foreign text omitted "I Will Give You Rest": The Rest Motif in the New Testament with Special Reference to Mt 11 and Heb 3-4, by Jon Laansma. WUNT Z198. Tubingen: Mohr-Siebeck 1997. Pp. xvi + 459. DM 128.00...
Jesus and the Angels: Angelology and the Christology of the Apocalypse of John
Jesus and the Angels: Angelology and the Christology of the Apocalypse of John, by Peter R. Carrell. SNTSMS 95. Cambridge, UK/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Pp. xii + 270. $54.95. The relation between angelology and Christology has attracted...
Malachi: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Malachi: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, by Andrew E. Hill. AB 25D. New York: Doubleday, 1998. Pp. xliv + 436. $37.95. Consistent with other Anchor Bible volumes, the strengths of Hill's commentary on Malachi lie in his excellent...
No Nu in Line 2 of 7Q5: A Final Disidentification of 7Q5 with Mark 6:52-53
Bell & Howell Information and Learning Foregin Text omitted One might have thought that the obituary for an identification of 7Q5 (fig. 1) with Mark 6:52-53 had been written and read and that the whole idea had been permanently laid to rest. Not...
Philo of Alexandria: An Exegete for His Time
Philo of Alexandria: An Exegete for His Time, by Peder Borgen. NovTSup 86. Leiden/ New York/Cologne: Brill, 1997. Pp. x + 332. $106.00. As Peder Borgen's introductory chapter shows, there have been various assessments of Philo's work. Some have seen...
Power from on High: The Spirit of Israel's Restoration and Witness in Luke-Acts
Power from an High: The Spirit in Israel's Restoration and Witness in Luke-Acts, by Max Turner. journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement Series 9. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996. Pp. 511. E30.00/$45.00 (paper). This engaging study is a culmination...
Qumran and the Essenes: A Re-Evaluation of the Evidence
Qumran and the Essenes: A Re-Evaluation of the Evidence, by Lena Cansdale. TSAJ 60. Tubingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 1997. Pp. xii + 230. DM 168.00. This book, a revision of a dissertation written at the University of Sydney under the direction of Alan D. Crown,...
Rashbam's Commentary on the Exodus: An Annotated Translation
Rashbam's Commentary on the Exodus: An Annotated Translation, ed. and trans. Martin I. Lockshin. BJS 310. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1997. Pp. x + 452. $39.95. Rashbam (Rabbi Samuel ben Meir, 1085?-1174?) was the grandson of Rashi, the most famous Jewish...
Simon "Le Magicien": Actes 8,5-25 et L'accusation De Magie Contre Les Prophetes Thaumaturges Dans L'antiquite
Simon "Le Magicien".- Actes 8,5-25 et l'accusation de magie contre les prophetes thaumaturges dans l'antiquite, by Florent Heintz. CARB 39. Paris: Gabalda, 1997. Pp. vi + 179. F 225.00 (paper). In discussing the encounter between Simon and Philip, Peter,...
Sister or Wife? 1 Corinthians and Cultural Anthropology
Sister or Wife? 1 Corinthians and Cultural Anthropology, by J. Dorcas Gordon, JSNTSup 149. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. Pp. 248. $53.50/L32.50. In this Ph.D. dissertation, written under Schuyler Brown at the Toronto School of Theology,...
Stewardship and Almsgiving in Luke's Theology
Bell & Howell Information and Learning Formula omitted (...) Stewardship and Almsgiving in Luke's Theology, by Kyoung-jin Kim. JSNTSup 155. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998. Pp. 318. L50.00/$85.00. Luke's interest in the theme of poverty...
Studies in Northwest Semitic
Studies in Northwest Semitic, by Robert Althann. BibOr 45. Rome: Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1997. Pp. xii + 205. L 36,000/$26.00 (paper). The scope of this book is narrower than its title suggests. Its eight chapters undertake, after a three-page introduction,...
Targum Noefiti 1: Deuteronomy
Targum Neofiti 1: Deuteronomy, trans. Martin McNamara. The Aramaic Bible 5A. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1997. Pp. xiv + 198. $79.95. The current volume completes The Aramaic Bible series volumes devoted to Tg. Neofiti. Separate volumes appeared...
Targum Psuedo-Jonathan: Deuteronomy: Translated, with Notes
{Bell & Howell Information and Learning: Foreign Text Omitted} Targum Pseudo-Jonathan: Deuteronomy: Translated, with Notes, by Ernest G. Clarke. The Aramaic Bible 5B. Collegeville, MN: liturgical Press, 1998. Pp. x + 122. $65.00. As stated by the...
The Alpha-Text of Esther: Its Character and Relationship to the Masoretic Text
The Alpha-Text of Esther: Its Character and Relationship to the Masoretic Text, by Karen H. Jobes. SBLDS 153. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1996. Pp. 524. $29.95 (paper). This dissertation, completed under the supervision of Moises Silva at Westminster Theological...
The Blind, the Lame, and the Poor: Character Types in Luke-Acts
{Bell & Howell Information and Learning: Foreign text Omitted} The Blind, the Lame, and the Poor: Character Types in Luke-Acts, by S. John Roth. JSNTSup 144. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. Pp. 253. L37.50/ $62.00. In this slightly revised...
The Book of Ecclesiastes
The Book of Ecclesiastes, by Tremper Longman III. NICOT. Grand Rapids/Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 1998. Pp. xvi + 306. $35.00/22.99. Tremper Longman's commentary on Ecclesiastes is a welcome addition to the NICOT series and a solid contribution to the elusive...
The Context of Scripture. Vol.1, Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World
The Context of Scripture. Vol. 1, Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World, ed. William W. Hallo and K. Lawson Younger, Jr. Leiden/New York/Cologne: Brill, 1997. Pp. xviii+ 599.$109.50. This substantial work is the first installment of a promised...
The Development of Incense Cult in Israel
The Development of Incense Cult in Israel, by Paul Heger. BZAW 245. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 1997. Pp. x + 314. N.P. This book is an outgrowth of a dissertation recently submitted to the University of Toronto. It divides into three main parts. The...
The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians
Bell & Howell Information and Learning: Greek characters omitted. The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians, by Walter Bo Russell III. Lanham/New York/ Oxford: University Press of America, 1997. Pp. xii + 290. $36.50 (paper). This monograph on the flesh/Spirit...
The Motif of Wonder in the Gospel of Mark
The Motif of Wonder in the Gospel of Mark, by Timothy Dwyer. JSNTSup 128. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996. Pp. 243. L39.00/$58-50. Originating as a project at the University of Aberdeen under the direction of Ruth Edwards and 1. Howard Marshall,...
The Place of Judaism in Philo's Thought: Israel, Jews, and Proselytes
Bell & Howell Information and Learning: Foreign text omitted. The Place of Judaism in Philo's Thought: Israel, Jews, and Proselytes, by Ellen Birnbaum. BJS 290; Studia Philonica Monographs 2.290. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1996, Pp. xviii + 262. $39.95....
The Sermon on the Mount: Its Old Testament Roots
The Sermon on the Mount: Its Old Testament Roots, by Roland H. Worth, Jr. New York/ Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 1997. Pp. viii + 285. $22.95 (paper). Roland H. Worth, Jr., sets out to prove that Jesus' teaching in the Antitheses was fully compatible with the...
The Social Ethos of the Corinthian Correspondence: Interests and Ideology from 1 Corinthians to Clement
The Social Ethos of the Corinthian Correspondence: Interests and Ideology from 1 Corinthians to 1 Clement, by David G. Horrell. Studies of the New Testament and Its World. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1996. N.P. Pp. xvi + 395. This book is a revision...
The Sources of Sitz Im Leben of Matthew 23
The Sources and Sitz im Leben of Matthew 23, by Kenneth G. C. Newport. JSNTSup 117. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995. Pp. 205. $52.50. In this work Kenneth Newport addresses the troubling twenty-third chapter of the Gospel of Matthew and attempts...
The Structure of Persuasive Power of Mark: A Linguistic Approach
The Structure and Persuasive Power of Mark: A Linguistic Approach, by John G. Cook. SBLSS. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995. Pp. xviii + 384. $29.95 (paper). This book is a revision of a doctoral dissertation completed at Emory University in 1985 under...
The Theme of Acts: Institutional History or Divine Necessity in History?
Bell & Howell Information and Learning Foregin text omitted Proponents for some sort of history as the major theme of Acts are not few.1 Hubert Cancik has now provided us with a stimulating article on Acts as the history of an institution.2 His thesis...
The Use of Arabic in Biblical Hebrew Lexicography
The Use of Arabic in Biblical Hebrew Lexicography, by John Kaltner. CBQMS 28. Washington, DC: Catholic Biblical Association of America, 1996. Pp. viii + 122. $7.50 (paper). For some reason, comparative philology is widely used in OT studies yet is seldom...
The Wiles of Women/The Wiles of Men: Joseph and Potiphar's Wife in Ancient near Eastern, Jewish, and Islamic Folklore
The Wiles of Women/The Wiles of Men: Joseph and Potiphar's Wife in Ancient Near Eastern, Jewish, and Islamic Folklore, by Shalom Goldman. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995. Pp. xxxiii + 189. $49.50/$16.95. Shalom Goldman studies the meandering...
"Und Wenn Ihr Betet.(Mt 6.5): Gebete in der Zwischenmenschlichen Kommunikation der Antike Als Ausdruck der Frommigkeit
-Und wenn ihr betet ... (Mt 6,5): Gebete in der zwischenmenchlichen Kommunikation der Antike als Ausdruck der Frommigkeit, by Wolfgang Fenske. STINT 21. Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1997. Pp. 348. DM 128.00. This work was accepted as a dissertation...