Journal of Biblical Literature

Quarterly journal specializing in academic and biblical scholarship.

Articles from Vol. 119, No. 4, Winter

Amos and the Officialdom in the Kingdom of Israel: The Socio-Economic Position of the Officials in the Light of the Biblical, the Epigraphic and Archaeological Evidence
Amos and the Officialdom in the Kingdom of Israel: The Socio-Economic Position of the Officials in the Light of the Biblical, the Epigraphic and Archaeological Evidence, by Izabela Jaruzelska. Seria Socjologia 25. Poznan: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu...
Contours of Old Testament Theology
Contours of Old Testament Theology, by Bernhard W. Anderson. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999. Pp. x + 358. $27.00. The last decade of the twentieth century witnessed a revival of OT theology, in such notable contributions to the discipline as H. D. Preuss's...
Court Oracles in the Psalms: The So-Called Royal Psalms in Their Ancient near Eastern Context
Court Oracles in the Psalms: The So-Called Royal Psalms in Their Ancient Near Eastern Context, by Scott R. A. Starbuck. SUDS 172. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 1999. Pp. xx + 271. $37.00. Scott R. A. Starbuck wrote this monograph originally...
Den Anfang Horen: Leserorientierte Evangelienexegese Am Beispiel Von Matthaus 1-2
Den Anfang horen: Leserorientierte Evangelienexegese am Beispiel von Matthaus 1-2, by Moises Mayordomo-Marin. FRLANT 180. Gottingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 1998. Pp. 448. DM 98.00. This work is the published form of a 1997 University of Bern dissertation...
Die Christologie der Pastoralbriefe
Die Christologie der Pastoralbriefe, by Hanna Stettler. WUNT 2/105. Tubingen: MohrSiebeck. 1998. Pp. xiv + 397. DM 118.00 (paper). This volume is a slightly revised version of a doctoral dissertation presented in 1997 at the University of Tubingen and...
Die Geschichte Von der Throngefolge Davids (2 Sam 9-20; 1 Kon 1-2): Untersuchungen Zur Literarkritik Und Tendenz
Die Geschichte von der Throngefolge Davids (2 Sam 9-20; 1 Icon 1-2): Untersuchungen zur Literarkritik and Tendenz, by Stefan Seiler. BZAW 267. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 1998. Pp. xvi + 364. DM 198.00. In 1926 Leonhard Rost published Die Uberlieferung...
From Epic to Canon: History and Literature in Ancient Israel
From Epic to Canon: History and Literature in Ancient Israel, by Frank Moore Cross. Baltimore/London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998. Pp. xv + 262. $45.00. Writing a book review of any book produced by a serious scholar is always an earnest undertaking....
Impurity Is Miasma: A Response to Hyam MacCoby
Hyam Maccoby's recent book is a clear, at times eloquent, and almost always a convincing exposition of the rabbinic system of impurity.1 He also investigates the system's biblical sources. A sizable portion of the book (esp. ch. 14) takes issue with...
Isaiah 62:4 and the Problem of Inner-Biblical Allusions
In a recent article, Baruch Halpern discussed the "intellectual pyrotechnics" of Trito-Isaiah, with particular reference to 62:4.1 With not a few characteristic pyrotechnics of his own, he suggests, among other things, that the old names of Jerusalem...
Jews and Christians in Contact and Controversy
Jews and Christians in Contact and Controversy, by William Horbury. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1998. Pp. 342. $54.95. Dr. Horbury is a Reader in Jewish and Early Christian Studies at the University of Cambridge. This work is a collection of twelve of...
Mark: A Reader-Response Commentary
Mark: A Reader-Response Commentary, by Bas M. F. van Iersel. JSNTSup 164. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998. Pp. 556. $85.00. In this "reader-response commentary," van Iersel follows T. Radcliffe to argue that Mark provides its intended readers...
New Testament Christology
New Testament Christology, by Frank J. Matera. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1999. Pp. x + 307. $26.00 (paper). This is neither a quest for the historical Jesus nor a critical assessment of NT Christology. Rather, the author, professor of NT...
Paul: The Man and the Myth
Paul. The Man and the Myth, by Calvin J. Roetzel. Studies on Personalities of the New Testament. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1998. Pp. xiv + 269. $34.95. The vigorous debates of the past century and a half make a general study of Paul's...
Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation
Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation, by Helen K. Bond. SNTSMS 100. Cambridge, UK/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Pp. xxvi + 249. $59.95. The major aim of Bond's work is to "see how this real historical figure [Pontius Pilate] was...
Revisions of the Night: Politics and Promises in the Patriarchal Dreams of Genesis
Revisions of the Night: Politics and Promises in the Patriarchal Dreams of Genesis, by Diana Lipton. JSOTSup 288. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999. Pp. 241. $75.00/k46. This monograph by Diana Lipton is the published version of a Ph.D. thesis...
Sign, Text, Scripture: Semiotics and the Bible
Sign, Text, Scripture: Semiotics and the Bible, by George Aichele. Interventions 1. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. Pp. 163. $14.95/99.95 (paper). As current chair of the SBL's Semiotics and Exegesis Section, George Aichele is well equipped...
The Historical Jesus and the Historical Herodians
When one reviews the much-debated question of the identity of the Herodians, one gets the impression that rarely has so much been made of so little NT data.1 The Greek word `Hpc*tavoi occurs nowhere prior to the first century C.E., and in the first century...
The Johannine Letters: A Commentary on 1, 2, and 3 John
The Johannine Letters: A Commentary on 1, 2, and 3 John, by Georg Strecker. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996. Pp. xliv + 319. $46.00. The late Georg Strecker's Meyer (KEK) commentary on the Johannine Letters (1989) has now appeared in English translation....
The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation
The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation, by Delbert Burkett. SNTSMS 107. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. Pp. xiv + 176. $54.95. Given the current lack of concord regarding the meaning and origin of the NT's term "the Son of Man,"...
The Women in the Life of the Bridegroom: A Feminist Historical-Literary Analysis of the Gospel of John
The Women in the Life of the Bridegroom: A Feminist Historical-Literary Analysis of the Gospel of John, by Adeline Fehribach. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1998. Pp. viii + 22. $19.95. Adeline Fehribach identifies her study of the women characters...
Undivided Inheritance and Lot Casting in the Book of Joshua
Bell & Howell Information & Learning: Foreign text omitted. Most studies readily acknowledge that the book of Joshua falls into three main parts, chs. 1-12, the conquest; chs. 13-22, the division of the land; and an appendix in chs. 23-24.1 Even...
When Aseneth Met Joseph: A Late Antique Tale of the Biblical Patriarch and His Egyptian Wife, Reconsidered
When Aseneth Met Joseph: A Late Antique Tale of the Biblical Patriarch and His Egyptian Wife, Reconsidered, by Ross Shepard Kraemer. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Pp. xviii + 365. $60.00. Aseneth has undergone more than one conversion...