Journal of Biblical Literature

Quarterly journal specializing in academic and biblical scholarship.

Articles from Vol. 126, No. 4, Winter

3 Maccabees and Esther: Parallels, Intertextuality, and Diaspora Identity
(ProQuest: ... denotes Greek characters omitted (or Cyrillic characters omitted.))This article reconsiders the as-yet-unresolved issue of literary dependence between 3 Maccabees and Esther-both the Hebrew and the Greek versions. An early-twentieth-century...
A Case of the Evil Eye: Qohelet 4:4-8
The evil eye-the belief that spiteful looks can damage one's health, fertility, or property-is common in many cultures even today.1 It was prevalent throughout the ancient Near East2 and is frequendy mentioned in rabbinic literature.3 There is no direct...
Biblicized Narrative: On Tobit and Genesis 22
The book of Tobit is dense with biblical allusions, particularly to the books of Genesis and Job (the latter, according to a Jewish tradition to which the pattern of allusion in the book of Tobit may itself attest, is also set in the patriarchal period).1...
Enuma Elish and Priestly Mimesis: Elite Emulation in Nascent Judaism
(ProQuest: ... denotes Greek characters omitted (or Cyrillic characters omitted.))Human development depends on our tacit inclination to imitate the cultural patterns modeled by others. Though this mimetic behavior is obvious when we are young, the tendency...
"Gleaning among the Ears"-"Gathering among the Sheaves": Characterizing the Image of the Supervising Boy (Ruth 2)
(ProQuest: ... denotes Greek characters omitted (or Cyrillic characters omitted.))One of the difficult verses in Ruth, regarding which much ink has been spdt, is the verse that records the words of the supervising boy to Boaz about Ruth:1 "and she said:...
Reconsidering Dikaioma in Romans 5:16
(ProQuest: ... denotes Greek characters omitted (or Cyrillic characters omitted.))Pick up almost any English translation of the NT and Rom 5:16 will end with either "justification" (NRSV, RSV, NIV, NASB, ESV) or the roughly equivalent "acquittal" (NJB)...
Shepherds, Sticks, and Social Destabilization: A Fresh Look at Zechariah 11:4-17
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)(ProQuest: ... denotes Greek characters omitted (or Cyrillic characters omitted.))11:4 This is what Yhwh my God said, "Shepherd the flock set aside for slaughter. 5 Those who are buying them are killing...
The Death of the Soul in Romans 7: Revisiting Paul's Anthropology in Light of Hellenistic Moral Psychology
(ProQuest: ... denotes Greek characters omitted (or Cyrillic characters omitted.))Few texts have been made more central to Christian doctrines of sin and human nature than ch. 7 of Paul's letter to the Romans. Romans 7:7-25 presents a dramatic monologue...
The Epistemology of the Book of Proverbs
(ProQuest: ... denotes Greek characters omitted (or Cyrillic characters omitted.))Although knowledge (also called "wisdom" and "understanding"1) is at the center of Proverbs' concern, little is said about how knowledge is created, where it comes from,...
The Responsibilities and Rewards of Joshua the High Priest According to Zechariah 3:7
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)The vision and oracle in Zechariah 3, in which the high priest Joshua is both tried and exonerated in a divine tribunal, have often been introduced as evidence for the development of the institution and...
The Two Maps of Israel's Land
The general space of the world becomes more familiar as specific places through demarcation and domesticating practices that include identifying and naming natural features, building memorial structures, and telling stories of pilgrim ancestors.1 Such...
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