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Bible Review, October 1997



What Really Happened at Mount Sinai?

Four biblical answers to one question

By Baruch J. Schwartz

Booming thunder and bolts of lightning accompany Moses as he descends the cloud-covered Mount Sinai, bearing aloft two heavy tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments. Most people know this cinematic version—à la Cecil B. de Mille—of the giving of the law on Sinai. The biblical...Read more ›

The Jewish Roots of Matthew’s Vitriol

By Moshe Weinfeld

The Evangelist Matthew considered himself and his followers Jews. The gospel writer saw himself as being involved in a Jewish struggle, as he and the emerging rabbinic movement vied for leadership. Anthony Saldarini, in his excellent BR article on the Gospel of Matthew 23,...Read more ›

A Biblical Spice Rack

By Devorah Emmet Wigoder

The Bible reflects an intimate knowledge of herbs and spices, which perfumed the Jerusalem Temple (2 Chronicles 2:4), sweetened the home (Song of Songs 7:13) and seasoned meals during the Exodus (Numbers 11:5–6). Repeated references to...Read more ›

That Ol’ Time Religion

American folk artists depict apocalyptic texts

By David VintinnerGinger Young

Down dusty rural roads and in inner-city housing projects, American folk art has always flourished. Folk artists may be teenagers just beginning their lives, or they may be octogenarians who knew grandparents emancipated from slavery. Some of them work as janitors in bakeries; some farm...Read more ›


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