Journal of Biblical Literature

Quarterly journal specializing in academic and biblical scholarship.

Articles from Vol. 122, No. 3, Fall

1 Enoch: A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch: Chapters 1-36; 81-108
1 Enoch: A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch: Chapters 1-36; 81-108, by George W. E. Nickelsburg. Edited by Klaus Baltzer. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001. Pp. xxxviii + 618. $58.00 (cloth).This book, a welcome addition to the Hermeneia commentary...
A Biblical Text and Its Afterlives: The Survival of Jonah in Western Culture
A Biblical Text and Its Afterlives: The Survival of Jonah in Western Culture, by Yvonne Sherwood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Pp. xii + 321. $65.00/$25.00.It was not long ago that one could be considered widely read and even cutting...
Are There Imperial Texts in the Class? Intertextual Eagles and Matthean Eschatology as "Lights Out" Time for Imperial Rome (Matthew 24:27-31)
That the Gospel will also employ the second part-that God will save the people from the imperial power by bringing about Rome's demise. Matthew 24:27-28 depicts this eschatological victory at Jesus' return. This victory is consistent with the Gospel's...
Hellenism in the Land of Israel
Hellenism in the Land of Israel, edited by John J. Collins and Gregory E. Sterling. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001. Pp. ix + 343. $45.00/$18.95.The twelve essays in this volume were originally presented at a conference held in 1999...
Israelite Ethnicity in Iron I: Archaeology Preserves What Is Remembered and What Is Forgotten in Israel's History
Earliest Israel remains terra incognita, literally and from the ground down. The Merneptah Stela Stanza VIII proclaiming Egyptian suzerainty in the southern Levant documents Israel as a noteworthy foreign enemy by the end of the thirteenth century B.C.E.1...
Judean Antiquities 1-4/life of Josephus
Judean Antiquities 1-4, by Louis H. Feldman. Volume 3 of Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, edited by Steve Mason. Leiden: Brill, 1999. Pp. xlv + 615. $151.00 (cloth). Life of Josephus, by Steve Mason. Volume 9 of Flavius Josephus: Translation...
Parables for Our Time: Rereading New Testament Scholarship after the Holocaust
Parables for Our Time: Rereading New Testament Scholarship after the Holocaust, by Tania Oldenhage. American Academy of Religion; Cultural Criticism Series. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Pp. 189. $42.00.This book, the revision of a Ph.D. dissertation...
Parables of War: Reading John's Jewish Apocalypse
Parables of War: Reading John's Jewish Apocalypse, by John W. Marshall. Studies in Christianity and Judaism 10. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2001. Pp. vii + 258. $29.95 (paper).In the introduction to this provocative but flawed work,...
Persia and Torah: The Theory of Imperial Authorization of the Pentateuch
Persia and Torah: The Theory of Imperial Authorization of the Pentateuch, edited by James W. Watts. SBLSymS 17. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2001. Pp. 228. $39.95 (paper).Peter Frei's theory of Persian imperial authorization of local legislation...
The Bridling of the Tongue and the Opening of the Mouth in Biblical Prophecy
The Bridling of the Tongue and the Opening of the Mouth in Biblical Prophecy, by Gregory Yuri Glazov. JSOTSup 311. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001. Pp. 449. $90.00 (cloth).The purpose of this book is to dig deeper into the prophetic call narratives...
The Didache: Its Jewish Sources and Its Place in Early Judaism and Christianity
The Didache: Its Jewish Sources and Its Place in Early Judaism and Christianity, by Huub van de Sandt and David Flussser. CRINT sect. 3: Jewish Traditions in Early Christian Literature 5. Assen: Royal Van Gorcum; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2002. Pp. 431....
The History of the Synoptic Tradition
The History of the Synoptic Tradition, by Rudolf Bultmann. Translated by John Marsh. New York: Harper & Row, 1963. Pp. viii + 456. Latest repr.: Hendrickson Publishers, 1995.This translation of the second edition of Professor Bultmann's classic work...
The Wisdom Texts from Qumran and the Development of Sapiential Thought
The Wisdom Texts from Qumran and the Development of Sapiential Thought, edited by Charlotte Hempel, Armin Lange, and Hermann Lichtenberger. BETL 159. Leuven: Peeters, 2001. Pp. xi + 502. euro80.00 (paper).This book is the first collection of essays to...
Wunder Und Wundertater Im Fruhrabbinischen Judentum: Studien Zum Phanomen Und Seiner Uberlieferung Im Horizont Von Magie Und Damonismus
Wunder und Wundertater im fruhrabbinischen Judentum: Studien zum Phanomen und seiner Uberlieferung im Horizont von Magie und Damonismus, by Michael Becker. WUNT 2/144. Tubingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2002. Pp. xviii + 534. euro74.00 (paper).This large study,...