Journal of Biblical Literature

Quarterly journal specializing in academic and biblical scholarship.

Articles from Vol. 121, No. 3, Fall

A Centennial Review of Friedrich Delitzch's "Bable Und Bibel" Lectures
Scholars interested in Hebrew Scriptures and comparative Near Eastern literature recently reached a significant milestone. January 13, 2002, marked the centennial of Friedrich Delitzsch's initial public lecture entitled "Babel and Bibel," which he delivered...
A Letter That Has Not Been Read: Dreams in the Hebrew Bible
A Letter That Has Not Been Read: Dreams in the Hebrew Bible, by Shaul Bar. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2001. Pp. xii + 257. $39.95. In this work Shaul Bar examines numerous biblical dreams in terms of their classifications, etymologies, literary...
A Reassessment of Biblical Elohim
A Reassessment of Biblical Elohim, by Joel S. Burnett. SUDS 183. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2001. Pp. xv + 172. $39.95. In keeping with the stated purpose of the series, this monograph represents the slightly modified doctoral dissertation...
A Transparent Illusion: The Dangerous Vision of Water in Hekhalot Mysticism: A Source-Critical and Tradition-Historical Inquiry
A Transparent Illusion: The Dangerous Vision of Water in Hekhalot Mysticism: A Source-Critical and Tradition-Historical Inquiry, by C. R. A. Morray-Jones. JSJSup 59. Leiden: Brill, 2002. Pp. xiii +322. $104.00. In b. fag. 14b we find a version of the...
Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John
Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John, by Adele Reinhartz. New York/London: Continuum, 2001. Pp. 206. $24.95. Adele Reinhartz has given us a confessional and personal reading of the Fourth Gospel. Herein he the power,...
Critical Note: Janus Parallelism in Psalm 75:2
(ProQuest Information and Learning: Foreign text omitted.) Psalm 75 contains a number of exegetical puzzles, both typological and textual. Typologically, Ps 75 does not fit easily into any of the standard form-critical categories; suggestions for its...
David's Secret Demons: Messiah, Murderer, Traitor, King
David's Secret Demons: Messiah, Murderer, Traitor, King, by Baruch Halpern. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001. Pp. xx + 492. $30.00. In David's Secret Demons: Messiah, Murderer, Traitor, King, Baruch Halpern seeks to reestablish the historicity of the biblical...
Determinism in the Book of Ecclesiastes
Determinism in the Book of Ecclesiastes, by Dominic Rudman. JSOTSup 316. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001. Pp. 226. $85.00. Rudman's thesis is to demonstrate that Qohelet was a determinist in the vein of the Stoic tradition. In fact, Rudman...
'If This Be from Heaven.': Jesus and the New Testament Authors in Their Relationship to Judaism
'If this be from Heaven. . .': Jesus and the New Testament Authors in their Relationship to Judaism, by Peter J. Tomson, trans. J. Dyk. BS 76. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001. Pp. 455. $49.75. This book by Peter J. Tomson, professor of NT studies...
Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins
Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins, by Steven J. Friesen. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. Pp. xiv + 285. $49.95. It is a striking irony. The book of Revelation, which evinces nothing but contempt for Rome,...
Jewish Literacy in Roman Palestine
Jewish Literacy in Roman Palestine, by Catherine Hezser. TSAJ 81. Tubingen: MohrSiebeck, 2001. Pp. ix + 557. $187.50. From the standpoint of the study of early Judaism and Christianity, it was a misfortune that William Harris's book, Ancient Literacy...
Like Grapes of Gold Set in Silver: An Interpretation of Proverbial Clusters in Proverbs 10:1-22:16
Like Grapes of Gold Set in Silver: An Interpretation of Proverbial Clusters in Proverbs 10:1-22:16, by Knut Martin Heim. BZAW 273. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2001. Pp. xiv + 378. E98.00. Recent scholarly opinion on the sayings assembled in Prov 10:1-22:16 has...
Literary and Ideological Aspects of Nehemiah 11
(Proquest Information and Learning: Foreign Text Omitted) ... Most scholars have argued for a literary connection between ch. 7 and ch. 11 of Nehemiah.1 After building the wall (Neh 7:1) and making arrangements for guarding the city (7:2-3), Nehemiah...
Nag Hammadi Deutsch, 1. Band: NHC I, 1-V,1: Eingeleitet Und Ubersetzt Von Mitgliedern Des Berliner Arbeitskreises Fur Koptisch-Gnostische Schriften
Nag Hammadi Deutsch, 1. Band: NHC I1,-V,1: Eingeleitet and iibersetzt von Mitgliedern des Berliner Arbeitskreises fur Koptisch-Gnostische Schriften, ed. Hans-Martin Schenke, Hans-Gebhard Bethge, and Ursula Ulrike Kaiser. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter,...
Paul outside the Walls: A Study of Luke's Socio-Geographical Universalism in Acts 14:8-20
(ProQuest Information and Learning: Foreign characters omitted.) Paul outside the Walls: A Study of Luke's Socio-Geographical Universalism in Acts 14:8-20, by Dean P. Bechard. AnBib 143. Rome: Pontifical Biblical Institute, 2000. Paper. Pp. 541. $40.00....
Paul's True Rhetoric: Ambiguity, Cunning, and Deception in Greece and Rome
Paul's True Rhetoric: Ambiguity, Cunning, and Deception in Greece and Rome, by Mark D. Given. Emory Studies in Early Christianity 7. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2001. Pp. xx + 219. $25.00. In this revised version of his doctoral dissertation,...
Reading the Bible in the Global Village
Book reviews are also published online at the Society of Biblical Literature's WWW site: http:/www.bookreviews.org. For a list of books received by the journal, see http://www.bookreviews.org/books-received.html Reading the Bible in the Global Village,...
Rejecting Violent Judgment: Luke 9:52-56 and Its Relatives
(ProQuest Information and Learning: Foreign text omitted.) I. The Lukan Intertext In Luke 9:52-56, Jesus sends messengers to a Samaritan village. There they find no welcome. James and John, indignant, react by asking Jesus, "Lord, do you want us to command...
The Book of Daniel: Composition and Reception, Volume 1
The Book of Daniel: Composition and Reception, Volume 1, edited by John J. Collins and Peter W. Flint. VTSup 83.1. Leiden: Brill, 2001. Pp. xx + 290. $85.00/34.95 (paper). The present volume is the first of a two-volume set edited by John J. Collins...
The Cult of St. Thecla: A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity
The Cult of St. Thecla: A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity, by Stephen J. Davis. Early Christian Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. Pp. xiv + 288. $70.00. The most obvious contribution of this meticulously researched and elegantly...
The Jesus Movement: A Social History of Its First Century
The Jesus Movement: A Social History of Its First Century, by Ekkehard W. Stegemann and Wolfgang Stegemann, trans. 0. C. Dean, Jr. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1999. Pp. xx + 532. $45.00. This major work, published in German under the title Urchristliche...
The King and the Cemeteries: Toward a New Understanding of Josiah's Reform
(Proquest Information and Learning: Foreign characters omitted) The King and the Cemeteries: Toward a New Understanding of Josiah's Reform, by W. Boyd Barrick. VTSup 88. Leiden/Boston/Cologne: Brill, 2002. Pp. xii + 274. $85.00 The shifting landscape...
The List of Nations in Acts 2: Roman Propaganda and the Lukan Response
Among early Christian writings, none pays more attention to geography than Luke-Acts;1 both volumes refer extensively to physical locations. The desert provides John the Baptist with the appropriate milieu in which to preach; Jerusalem looms as the inevitable...
The (MASSA) as a Type of Prophetic Book
(ProQuest Information and Learning: Foreign text omitted.) In the Hebrew Scriptures the term ... (massa) can designate not only individual prophecies but also sections of prophetic books and prophetic books in their entirety. This is potentially significant...
The Production of the Johannine Community: A New Historicist Perspective
(ProQuest Information and Learning: Foreign text omitted.)... Judging from a line of scholarship that has persisted in Johannine studies for nearly a century, it is safe to say that the Fourth Gospel invites dramatic production. It entices its readers...
Transmission of Biblical Texts in Qumran: The Case of the Large Isaiah Scroll 1qisa(a)
Transmission of Biblical Texts in Qumran: The Case of the Large Isaiah Scroll 1QIsa(a), by Paulson Pulikottil. JSPSup 34. Sheffield Academic Press Ltd, 2001. Pp. 240. $80.00. This revision of the author's doctoral dissertation is presented in four chapters...
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