Journal of Biblical Literature

Quarterly journal specializing in academic and biblical scholarship.

Articles from Vol. 119, No. 1, Spring

1 and 2 Chronicles. Vol. 1, 1 Chronicles 1-2 Chronicles 9: Israel's Place among the Nations / 1 and 2 Chronicles. Vol. 2, 2 Chronicles 10-36: Guilt and Atonement
I and 2 Chronicles. Vol. 1, 1 Chronicles 1-2 Chronicles 9: Israel's Place Among the Nations, by William Johnstone. JSOTSup 253. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. Pp. 411. N.P. 1 and 2 Chronicles. Vol. 2, 2 Chronicles 10-36: Guilt and Atonement,...
A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar
A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar, by Christo H. J. Van der Merwe, Jackie A. Naud6, and Jan H. Kroeze. Biblical Languages: Hebrew 3. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999. Pp. 404. N.P. A book should be judged by its stated purpose. This book intends...
A Prophet Reads Scripture: Allusion in Isaiah 40-66
A Prophet Reads Scripture: Allusion in Isaiah 40-66, by Benjamin D. Sommer. Contraversions: Jews and Other Differences. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998. Pp. xv + 355. N.P. Eikhah Rabbah (the primary collection of rabbinic commentary on...
Conflict in the Miracle Stories: A Socio-Exegetical Study of Matthew 8 and 9
Conflict in the Miracle Stories: A Socio-Exegetical Study of Matthew 8 and S, by Evert-- Jan Vledder. JSNTSup 152. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. Pp. 276. 247.50/$78.00. In this work, built on his 1994 dissertation (Univ. Pretoria), Evert-Jan...
Deuteronomy's Unification of Passover and Massot: A Response to Bernard M. Levinson
Deuteronomy's distinctive treatment of the ancient Israelite institutions of Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread, or Mass6t, is well established.' In common with the sacrifices and offerings in general, Passover and the great pilgrimage feasts...
Die Apostelgeschichte
Die Apostelgeschichte, by Jacob Jervell. KEK 3. Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1998. Pp. 635. DM 198.00. After two collections of essays (Luke and the People of God: A New Look at Luke-- Acts [1972]; The Unknown Paul: Essays on Luke-Acts and...
Elusive Israel: The Puzzle of Election in Romans
Elusive Israel: The Puzzle of Election in Romans, by Charles H. Cosgrove. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1997. Pp. xiv + 146. N.P. (paper). The hermeneutical question that drives Cosgrove's study of the "ambiguous sign" of Israel in Romans is simple...
Entering the Kingdom of Heaven: A Study on the Structure of Matthew's View of Salvation
Entering the Kingdom of Heaven: A Study on the Structure of Matthew's View of Salvation, by Petri Luomanen. WUNT 2/101. Tuibingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 1998. Pp. xiv + 343. DM 118.00. After the publication of several outstanding multivolume commentaries on...
"For My Child, Onesimus": Paul and Domestic Power in Philemon
I. Philemon's Family Language Early in the second century CE, the younger Pliny wrote a letter to his friend Sabinianus on behalf of an errant freedman: I know you are angry with him, and I know, too, it is not without reason; but clemency can never...
God at War: Power in the Exodus Tradition
God at War: Power in the Exodus Tradition, by Thomas B. Dozeman. New York/ Oxford: Oxford University Press,1996. Pp. xvi + 222. $39.95. While this book is heavily a tradition-critical and literary-critical study, it arises out of the assumption that...
Isaiah's New Exodus and Mark
Isaiah's New Exodus and Mark, by Rikki Watts. WUNT 2/88. Tubingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 1997. Pp. xvi + 479. DM 128.00. Until recently, the tendency in Markan studies has been to agree with A. C. Sundberg's 1959 pronouncement that "Daniel is the most important...
Israel in the Book of Kings: The Past as a Project of Social Identity
Israel in the Book of Kings: The Past as a Project of Social Identity, by James Richard Linville. JSOTSup 272. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998. Pp. 331. $85.00/ 50.00. As intimated in the book's title, this study has two major research foci:...
Josephus's Interpretation of the Bible
Josephus's Interpretation of the Bible, by Louis H. Feldman. Berkeley/Los Angeles/ London: University of California Press, 1998, Pp. xvi + 837. $75.00/55.00. This volume is the culmination of three decades of detailed scholarship on the first ten books...
Love between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism
Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism, by Bernadette J. Brooten. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. Pp. xxii + 412 + 12 halftones. $34.95 (cloth), $9.00 (paper). In her groundbreaking work Love Between Women;...
Masking Moses and Mosaic Authority in Torah
Exodus 34:29-35 tells how Moses acquired shining skin on the mountain of God and why he needed to veil his face after descending. The episode takes place after the final mountaintop encounter between Yahweh and Moses in Exodus 34. The basic message of...
No Other Gods: Emergent Monotheism in Israel
No Other Gods: Emergent Monotheism in Israel, by Robert Karl Gnuse. JSOTSup 241. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press,1997. Pp. 392, 47.50/$78.00. Robert Karl Gnuse's thesis in this book is that, given the new archaeological models that describe the emergence...
One Jesus, Many Christs: How Jesus Inspired Not One True Christianity, but Many: The Truth about Christian Origins
One Jesus, Many Christs: How Jesus Inspired Not One True Christianity, But Many: The Truth About Christian Origins, by Gregory J. Riley. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997. Pp. viii + 228. $22.00. Given the numerous, diverse, and even contradictory...
Paulus: Der Werdegang Eines Apostels
Paulus: Der Werdegang eines Apostels, by Klaus Haacker. SBS 171. Stuttgart: Katholisches Bibelwerk, 1997. Pp.140. N.P. (paper). One method recently well established in Pauline scholarship is to draw Paul's biographical data and missionary experiences...
"Put on the Armour of God": The Divine Warrior from Isaiah to Ephesians
`Put on the Armour of God": The Divine Warrior from Isaiah to Ephesians, by Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld. JSNTSup 140. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. Pp. 182. 30.00/$45.00. Focusing on four texts featuring the armor of the Divine Warrior, Neufeld...
Revelation
Revelation, by A. J. P. Garrow. New Testament Readings. London/New York: Routledge,1997. Pp. xii + 140. $19.99 (paper). In Revelation, Garrow makes an important contribution to the vexing problem of the literary structure of the book. The value of Garrow's...
Slaves and Slavery in the Matthean Parables
Bell & Howell Information and Learning Foreign text omitted ... An inscription from Puteoli details the job description of a manceps, a public official whose duties included torturing and even executing slaves on demand. Private citizens could hire...
The Acts of the Apostles: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
The Acts of the Apostles: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, by Joseph A. Fitzmyer. AB 31. New York/London: Doubleday, 1998. Pp. xxxiv + 830. $45.00. This volume completes Joseph Fitzmyer's commentary on the Lukan writings in the Anchor...
The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately after the Execution of Jesus
The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus, by John Dominic Crossan. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1998. Pp. xxxiv + 635. $30.00. With The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened...
The Book of Revelation: A Commentary of the Greek Text
The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text, by G. K. Beale. NIGTC. Grand Rapids/Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans; Carlisle: Paternoster, 1999. Pp. Ixiv + 1245. $75.00. The culmination of over a decade of research and writing on the Apocalypse, Beale's...
The Gospel and the Law in Galatia: Paul's Response to Jewish-Christian Separatism and the Threat of Galatian Apostasy
The Gospel and the Law in Galatia: Paul's Response to Jewish-Christian Separatism and the Threat of Galatian Apostasy, by Vincent M. Smiles. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press,1998. Pp. xii + 286. $23.95 (paper). With the renewed interest in Paul, his...
The Hidden Heritage of Diaspora Judaism
The Hidden Heritage of Diaspora Judaism, by Leonard V. Rutgers. CBET 20. Leuven: Peeters,1998. Pp. 320. N.P. Leonard Rutgers has established a formidable reputation for expertise in Jewish Diaspora archaeology through his monograph The jews in Late Ancient...
Theodicy and Predestination in Pauling Soteriology
Theodicy and Predestination in Pauline Soteriology, by Timo Eskola. WIJNT 2/100. Tubingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 1998. Pp. xvi + 353. DM 128.00 (paper). The title of this monograph captures well the essence of the study. Eskola, lecturer at the Theological Institute...
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the near East
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, ed. Eric M. Meyers. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Pp. xviii + 492; vi = 488; vi + 489; vi + 536; vi + 553. $595.00. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East (OEANE)...
The Quest of the Historical Gospel: Mark, John, and the Origins of the Gospel Genre
The Quest of the Historical Gospel: Mark, John, and the Origins of the Gospel Genre, by Lawrence M. Wills. London/New York: Routledge, 1997. Pp. viii + 285. $75.00. The exciting title of Lawrence Wills's book is compounded by a cover notice assuring...
The Theocratic Ideology of the Chronicler
The Theocratic Ideology of the Chronicler, by Jonathan E. Dyck. Biblical Interpretation Series 33. Leiden/Boston/Cologne: Brill, 1998. Pp. xii + 256. N.P. This volume is a substantial revision of the author's 1994 Ph.D. thesis under John Rogerson at...
Traditions as Rhetorical Proof: Pauline Argumentation in 1 Corinthians
Traditions as Rhetorical Proof Pauline Argumentation in 1 Corinthians, by Anders Eriksson. ConBNT 29. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1998. Pp. xiv + 352. N.P. (paper). This dissertation continues a recent research emphasis that looks to ancient rhetoric...
Traditions of the Bible: A Guide to the Bible as It Was at the Start of the Common Era
Traditions of the Bible: A Guide to the Bible as It Was at the Start of the Common Era, by James L. Kugel. Cambridge, MA/London: Harvard University Press,1998. Pp. xxii + 1055. N.P. The present volume, an expanded version of the more popular work The...
What Does the Psalmist Ask for in Pslams 39:5 and 90:12?
The consensus of commentators is that the sufferers in Psalms 39 and 90 are asking for a deeper sense of the transience of life, especially of their own life, in order to face their present tribulation with equanimity and faithfulness. There are substantial...
When Did the Gospels Become Scripture?
Bell & Howell Information and Learning Foreign text omitted ... In teaching NT Introduction, I am fond of saying that the authors of NT books would have had no inkling that their writings would become part of something called the New Testament or...

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