Jewish Bible Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 1, January-March

From Gods to God: How the Bible Debunked, Suppressed, or Changed Ancient Myths and Legends
From Gods to God: How the Bible Debunked, Suppressed, or Changed Ancient Myths and Legends by Avigdor Shinan and Meir Zakovitch, translated by Valerie Zakovitch (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2012), 301 pp. Reviewed by Simcha Rosenberg....
God vs. the Sea: Lessons of Psalms and the Midrash
The strange recounting of the Splitting of the Sea of Reeds found in Psalms is often discounted on the assumption that the Psalmist was merely using poetic license, justifying slight differences in events and details from those of the Exodus narrative...
IN HONOR OF DR. GABRIEL SIVAN ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 80th BIRTHDAY
Dr. Sivan has served as chairman of the Jewish Bible Association since June 2000. The JBA is responsible for publishing this journal, and is also involved in the Annual Bible Contest for Youth, an accredited college program, and other efforts to encourage...
Isaac's Personality and the Meaning of La-Su'ah BA-Sadeh
While the story of the patriarch Isaac appears in parts of Genesis chapters 21-28, he often shares the narrative spotlight with other important biblical figures. The verses featuring Isaac as the sole protagonist are few, but if we want to get a clear...
Judean Mindset throughout the Babylonian Exile: Literary Study of Jeremiah and Baruch in Historical Context
INTRODUCTION The imagery used by prophets in the Bible is tightly linked to the goals of the prophet. The prophet makes use of images and metaphors that resonate with his listening audience, and thus an image can be indicative of the mindset of...
Rachel, a Mother of Israel
Jacob arrives in Haran, where he meets and falls in love with his cousin Rachel and asks for her hand in marriage. The Midrash fills in the couple's dialog: It is written: Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother (Gen. 29:12). Now...
The Ages of the Patriarchs/matriarchs: A Preliminary Study
Where the Patriarchs and Matriarchs are concerned in Genesis, both at significant points in their lives and at the time of their deaths, the specific age credited to each appears to be exaggerated. Abraham leaving Haran for what will be the Promised...
The Genre of the Call Narrative: Beyond Habel's Model
Norm Habel has proposed a widely accepted model of the call narrative in the Bible as a genre. (1) He believes that there are six elements shared by most call narratives, readily discernible in the example of Gideon's calling. 1. The Divine Confrontation:...
The Use of the Term "Pharaoh" in the Bible
The kings of Egypt were not originally called pharaohs by the ancient Egyptians. In the late First Dynasty, the term used was nesu-bit, referring to the king, with the additional idea that the king was a combination of divine and mortal. (1) The term...
Tola the Judge: A New Midrashic Analysis
Two brief biblical verses describe the life and times of Tola, the seventh judge of Israel. After Abimelech, Tola son of Puah son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, arose to deliver Israel. He lived at Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim. He led Israel...
VA-YAFOGLIBBO (Gen. 45:26) WHEN JACOB WAS INFORMED THAT JOSEPH WAS ALIVE
When Jacob is informed that his long-lost son Joseph is alive, the Bible uses the phrase va-yafog libbo (Gen. 45:26). The JPS translates this as and his heart fainted, while the NJPS renders it as his heart went numb. Artscroll translates va-yafog...
Women's Bible Commentary
Women's Bible Commentary, 3rd edition, Carol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe, Jacqueline E. Lapsley, eds. (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2012). Reviewed by David J. Zucker. As people who engage seriously with Tanakh, readers of The Jewish Bible...
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