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Bible Review, February 1997



The Ancient Library of Alexandria

The West’s most important repository of learning

By J. Harold Ellens

In March of 415 C.E., on a sunny day in the holy season of Lent, Cyril of Alexandria, the most powerful Christian theologian in the world, murdered Hypatia, the most famous Greco-Roman philosopher of the time. Hypatia was slaughtered like an animal in the...Read more ›

Jesus’ Triumphal March to Crucifixion

The sacred way as Roman procession

By Thomas Schmidt

Scholars have long recognized that the Evangelists do not simply report the events of Jesus’ life. They select, arrange and modify material at their disposal to stress important themes—like the connection between Jesus and the Old Testament, the inclusion of gentiles in...Read more ›

Jefferson’s Bible

Cutting and pasting the Good Book

By C. Bruce Hunter

Among his many other accomplishments, the third president of the United States rewrote the Bible. That might seem a remarkably audacious thing for anyone to do, but it was quite natural for a man of Thomas Jefferson’s complex nature. He was a true genius who often got...Read more ›

Who the Devil is Beelzebul?

By Bradley L. Stein

Three passages in the Synoptic Gospels identify the enigmatic figure of Beelzebul as the ruler of demons (Matthew 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15). In each of these passages, Jesus’ enemies attribute his ability to heal to...Read more ›


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