Academic journal article Shofar

Biblical and Rabbinic Literature

Academic journal article Shofar

Biblical and Rabbinic Literature

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Biblical and Rabbinic Literature

Images of God in the Old Testament, by Mary E. Mills. New York: Cassell, 1998. 224 pp.ISBN 0-304-70266-8.

This book is about the many faces of the God of Israel who may be discovered by reading the different parts of the Old Testament. It treats the scriptures as a reference library assembled because the texts all have something to say about God, who in some sense is a character in each book and is presented differently each time. Mary Mills places side by side these different -- often contradictory -- aspects of the deity and allows them to comment on each other.

Introduction to Biblical Studies, by Steve Moyise. New York: Cassell, 1998. 96 pp. ISBN 0-304-70091-6.

This work provides a guide to the different approaches to Bible study for the lay reader.

Jesus' Attitude Towards the Law: A Study of the Gospels, by William R. G. Loader. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1997. 563 pp. ISBN 3-16-146517-2.

This book provides the reader with a survey of the way the gospels portray Jesus' attitude towards the Law. Its focus is not the historical Jesus, but the image which each gospel presents, seen in the context of more recent understandings of the diversity of Judaism at the time.

Die Pharisäer: Ihr Verständnis als Spiegel der christlichen und jüdischen Forschung seit Wellhausen und Graetz, by Roland Deines. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1997. 550 pp. ISBN 3-16-146808-2.

In the scholarly tradition of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century, the Pharisees were regarded as the most important of the various Jewish groups during the last two centuries of the Second Temple period. …

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