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Bible Review, October 1995



Abraham’s Eight Crises

The bumpy road to fulfilling God’s promise of an heir

By Larry R. Helyer

The Abraham cycle (Genesis 11:27–25:11) is a drama of increasing tension—a tension between Yahweh’s promise that Abram would have an heir, indeed, that he would become the father of many nations, and the threat to the fulfillment of that promise by a...Read more ›

Divine Authorship?

Computer reveals startling word patterns

By Jeffrey B. Satinover

Among the oft-derided Christian literalists, it is said that the Bible is the wholly inspired and inerrant Word of God, and that Holy Spirit guided the mind and hand of its human authors. Orthodox Jews are even more extreme in their literalism: Among them, tradition holds not...Read more ›

Julian the Apostate and His Plan to Rebuild the Jerusalem Temple

By Jeffrey Brodd

Of the Roman emperors after Constantine, only Julian (331–363) rejected Christianity in favor of the pagan gods. A nephew of Constantine, the first Christian emperor, Julian incurred the wrath of a burgeoning Christian community by deciding to rebuild the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which had...Read more ›

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Q

By Stephen J. Patterson

Eta Linnemann’s article on the Q hypothesisa takes Burton Mack and me to task not only for our scholarship, but also for what she takes to be our attack on traditional Christian beliefs. It’s a clever exercise in apologetics. However, this attempt to undergird her own very...Read more ›


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Book Notes

Reviewed by Bruce J. MalinaAnthony J. Saldarini