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Bible Review, June 1995


Special Section

Should the Bible Be Taught in Public Schools?


In the “Culture Wars” now raging across America, the educational system is one of the hottest battlefields. BR presents two views on the Bible’s role in secular teaching.Read more ›

Should the Bible Be Taught in Public Schools?


By Charles R. Kniker

No other book has influenced American culture, its values and institutions, more than the Bible. If students are to understand fully the culture in which they live, somehow they must be introduced to the Bible. Can this be done constitutionally in public schools? It not only can...Read more ›

Should the Bible Be Taught in Public Schools?


By John M. Swomley

Charles R. Kniker is not only a fine scholar, but a recognized authority on Bible education. He states well the case for the objective teaching of the Bible in the public schools. But that case fits the period 1960 to 1980 better than it does the current...Read more ›


Did Jesus Oppose the Purity Laws?

By Paula Fredriksen

In the last century, especially in the last few decades, historians of Christianity have increasingly understood Jesus of Nazareth as a participant in the Judaism of his day. Many scholars, however, while emphasizing Jesus’ articulation of Jewish ethics, or his Jewish scriptural sensibility,...Read more ›

Ancient Medicine

In case of emergency, contact your local prophet

By Hector Avalos

When an ancient Israelite got a raging bellyache, what did she do? Where could she—or he—go for help? According to one recent scholarly study, the answer to the first question was “nothing”; to the second “nowhere”: “In general a sick person had virtually...Read more ›


Bible Books

Reviewed by Ronald S. HendelFrank J. MateraDennis T. OlsonSacha Stern

Book Notes

Reviewed by John A. DarrAnthony J. Saldarini