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Bible Review, December 1996



Saul as Sacrifice

The tragedy of Israel’s first monarch

By L. Daniel Hawk

Few figures in biblical literature provoke as many questions as King Saul. Was he a man of noble aspirations brought down by some tragic flaw (impulsiveness, ineptitude, irresolution?) or an arrogant tyrant infatuated with power? Was he a pitiable pantywaist, easily swayed by the dictates of others,...Read more ›

Bible Hype

The saga of the Yonan Codex

By Bruce M. Metzger

A friend recently sent me an ad that had been prominently displayed in the April 7th issue of the New York Times Book Review. It proclaimed that the book Eyewitness to Jesus: Amazing New Manuscript Evidence About the Origin of the Gospels (New York:...Read more ›

The Geography of Faith

Tracing the Via Dolorosa

By Jerome Murphy-O’Connor

The Latin words Via Dolorosa mean the “Sorrowful Way.” They were first used by the Franciscan Boniface of Ragusa in the second half of the 16th century as the name of the devotional walk through the streets of Jerusalem that retraced the route followed by...Read more ›

Michelangelo’s Masterpiece Reclaimed

By A. Dean McKenzie

The Sistine Chapel: A Glorious Restoration ed. by Pierluigi De Vecchi (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994), 271 pp., 312 illus., $75.00 Spanning a void, two index fingers stretch toward each other, not yet touching, yet implying in the space between them God’s...Read more ›


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Reviewed by Sidnie White CrawfordRonald S. HendelM. Lindsay KaplanJames C. Walters