Journal of Biblical Literature

Quarterly journal specializing in academic and biblical scholarship.

Articles from Vol. 119, No. 2, Summer

Dan Evangelium Nach Johannes
Das Evangelium nach Johannes, by Ulrich Wilckens. NTD 4. Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht,1998. Pp. viii + 353. N.P. (paper). Ulrich Wilckens, who is known for his commentary on Romans in the EKK series, has now written a new German commentary on...
Early Jewish Hermeneutics and Hebrews 1:5-13: The Impact of Early Jewish Exegesis on the Interpretation of a Significant New Testament Passage
Early Jewish Hermeneutics and Hebrews 1:5-13: The Impact of Early Jewish Exegesis on the Interpretation of a Significant New Testament Passage, by Herbert W. Bateman. American University Studies; Series 7-Theology and Religion 193. New York: Peter Lang,1997....
Erzvater Und Exodus: Untersuchungen Zur Doppelten Begrundung der Ursprunge Israels Innerhald der Geschichtsbucher Des Alten Testaments
Erzvater and Exodus: Untersuchungen zur doppelten Begrundung der Ursprunge Israels innerhalb der Geschichtsbucher des Alten Testaments, by Konrad Schmid. WMANT 81. Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1999. Pp. xii +449. DM 138.00. The present volume...
Eschatology in the Making: Mark, Matthew, and the Didache
Eschatology in the Making: Mark, Matthew, and the Didache, by Vicky Balabanski. SNTSMS 97. New York/Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Pp. xviii + 241. $59.95. This book, which investigates the issue of the delay of the Parousia in the...
Galatians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Galatians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, by J. Louis Martyr. AB 33A. New York: Doubleday,1997. Pp. xxiv + 614. $39.95. Ernst Kasemann appended a lengthy footnote to his essay on "Justification and Salvation History in the Epistle...
Gender and the Shaping of Desire in the Song of Songs and Its Interpretation
The work lives to the extent it has influence. Included within the influence of a work is that which is accomplished in the consumption of the work as well as in the work itself That which happens with the work is an expression of what the work is. -Karl...
Goddesses and Trees, New Moon and Yahweh: Ancient near Eastern Art and the Hebrew Bible
Goddesses and Trees, New Moon and Yahweh: Ancient Near Eastern Art and the Hebrew Bible, by Othmar Keel. JSOTSup 261. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998. Pp. 207. L35/$57.50. This volume consists of two papers, expanded and edited for publication....
History of New Testament Literature
History of New Testament Literature, by Georg Strecker. Trans. Calvin Katter, with Hans-Joachim Mollenhauer. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International,1997. Pp. xiv + 238. $24.00 (paper). This posthumous publication of Georg Strecker's Literaturgeschichte...
Honor Restored: New Light on the Parable of the Prudent Steward (Luke 16:1-8a)
Bell & Howell Informnation and Learning: Foreign text omitted .... Almost every article or book section devoted to the so-called parable of the Unjust Steward begins by noting that it is the most difficult of the parables. A whole series of seemingly...
Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet
Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet, by Dale C. Allison, Jr. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998. Pp. xii + 255. $20.00 (paper). Perhaps the most surprising development in the latest phase of the continuing quest for the historical Jesus has been the willingness...
Jewish Messianism and the Cult of Christ
Jewish Messianism and the Cult of Christ, by William Horbury. London: SCM Press, 1998. Pp. vi + 234. $17.95. Recent reconstructions of Second Temple messianism have emphasized its diversity and in some cases characterized it as a marginal aspect of Jewish...
L'evangile De L'enfance (Luc 102) Selon le Proto-Luc
L evangile de l'enfance (Luc 1 2) selan le Proto-Luc, by M. E. Boismard EBib 35. Paris: Gabalda,1997. Pp. 276. F 200 (paper). Boismard is perhaps best known for his complex solution to the Synoptic Problem, an explanation that entails a dizzying network...
New Testament Greek Manuscripts: Acts of the Apostles
Bell & Howell Information and Learning: Greek text omitted New Testament Greek Manuscripts: Acts of the Apostles, ed. Reuben J. Swanson. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press; Pasadena, CA: William Carey International University Press, 1995. Pp. xxii...
No One Seeks for God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans 1:18-3:20
No One Seeks for God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans I:18-3:20, by Richard H. Bell. WUNT 106. Tubingen: Mohr-Siebeck,1998. Pp. xiv + 359. DM 158.00. This is a valiant, learned, detailed, and well-organized, but unconvincing attempt to...
Redefining the Elohist
I Once a well-defined source in the minds of literary critics and a powerful intellectual tradition in the opinion of biblical theologians, the Elohist now has slipped into obscurity at the hands of contemporary pentateuchal scholars. Like the mist and...
Social-Service Commentary on the Gospel of John
Social-Science Commentary on the Gospel of John, by Bruce J. Malina and Richard L. Rohrbaugh. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998. Pp. x + 326. $19.00 (paper). Those acquainted with the work of that circle of critics engaged in the intersection of cultural anthropology...
Sudulii Scotti Collectaneum in Apostolum: II, in Spistolas Ad Corinthios Usque Ad Hebraeos
Sedulii Scotti Collectaneum in Apostolum: II, In Epistolas ad Corinthios usque ad Hebraeos, ed. Hermann Josef Frede and Herbert Stanjek. Vetus La-tina. Die Reste der altlateinischen Bibel. Aus der Geschichte der Lateinischen Bibel 32. Freiburg: Herder,...
Synopse Zu Den Briefen Des Neuen Testaments/Synopsis of the New Testament Letters, Teil 1, Kolosser-, Epheser-, Teil 2, Thessalonicherbrief. Vol.1 Colossians, Ephesians, Vol.2, Thessalonians
Synopse zu den Briefen des Neuen Testaments/Synopsis of the New Testament Letters, Tell 1, Kolosser-, Epheser-, Teil 2, Thessalonicherbrief. Vol. 1, Colossians, Ephesians, Vol. 2, Thessalonians, by Rainer Reuter. Studies in the Religion and History of...
The Book of Joshua: Its Theme and Role in Archaeological Discussions
The Book of Joshua: Its Theme and Role in Archaeological Discussions, by David Merling, Sr. Andrews University Seminary Doctoral Dissertation Series 23. Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press, 1997. Pp. 353 + xvii. N.P. David Merling sets as his...
The Composition of the Sayings Source: Genre, Synchrony, and Wisdom Redaction of Q
BELL & HOWELL Information and Learning: Foreign Text Omitted The Composition of the Sayings Source: Genre, Synchrony, and Wisdom Redaction of p, by Alan Kirk. NovTSup 91. Leiden/Boston/Cologne: Brill, 1998. Pp. xiv + 443. N.P. The present work, a...
The Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas Comes of Age
The Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas Comes of Age, by Stephen J. Patterson and James M. Robinson, with a New English Translation by Hans-Gebhard Bethge et al. Berliner Arbeitskreis fur koptische-gnostische Schriften. Harrisburg, PA; Trinity Press International,...
The International Bible Commentary: A Catholic and Ecumencial Commentary for the Twenty-First Century
The International Bible Commentary: A Catholic and Ecumenical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century, ed. William R. Farmer et al. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1998. Pp Iii + 1,918 + 16 plates. $89.50. The editors of The International Bible Commentary...
Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament
BELL & HOWELL INFORMATION AND LEARNING: FOREIGN TEXT OMITTED Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament, ed. G. Johannes Botterweck, Helmer Ringgren, and Heinz-Josef Fabry. Vol.9, ... Grand Rapids/Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 1998. Pp. xxvi + 563. $48.00....
Theologie der Lukanischen Schriften
Theologie der lukanischen Schriften, by Petr Pokorny. FRLANT 174. Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1998. Pp. 225. DM 48.00. German scholarship has more often criticized than commended Lukan theology, typically viewing it as a "triumphalist" (theologia...
The Oracle of Tyre: The Septuagint of Isaiah XXIII as Version and Vision
The Oracle of Tyre: The Septuagint of Isaiah XXIII as Version and Vision, by Arie van der Kooij. VTSup 71. Leiden/Boston/Cologne: Brill,1998. Pp. x + 214. N.P. This valuable study is the fruit of the continuing research by van der Kooij in the book of...
The Place of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 in Paul's Argument
The place of 1 Corinthians 9 within Paul's discussion of food sacrificed to idols has long caused interpreters difficulties. It has, of course, been the occasion for some to question the integrity of the letter, because Paul's comments on his rejection...
The Text Fo Genesis 1-11: Textual Studies and Critical Edition
The Text of Genesis I-11: Textual Studies and Critical Edition, by Ronald S. Hendel. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Pp. xvi + 168. $29.95. Hendel's monograph, as indicated by its subtitle, is essentially two works. Although closely interconnected,...
Wahrheit Als Grundbegriff Neutestamentlicher Wissenschaft
Wahrheit als Grundbegriff neutestamentlicher Wissenschaft, by Christof Landmesser. WUNT 113. Tubingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 1999. Pp. xvi + 586. DM 198.00. In this sizable book, Landmesser shows most of the vices and virtues one would expect of a genuine Tubingen...