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Bible Review, December 1997


Special Section

Supporting Roles


We are pleased—and honored—to present our readers with the first of a series of insightful essays by Elie Wiesel, the world-renowned author and human rights advocate. Wiesel is best known for his numerous books on the Holocaust and for his profiles of biblical figures and Hasidic masters...Read more ›

Supporting Roles

The Serpent

By Elie Wiesel

In the story of creation, the Serpent stands out because of his talent to deceive. He is talkative. And active. His role is unquestionably significant. If he were not there to fulfill his seductive mission, the human adventure would have stopped with the first couple. So why...Read more ›


Where Was the Capitol in Roman Jerusalem?

By Jerome Murphy-O’Connor

When Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem, the site of what would one day be the Holy Sepulchre Church was an abandoned stone quarry. A catacomb cut into the western side of the quarry attests that the quarry had fallen into disuse. The innermost chamber of the catacomb contains kokhim tombs. These deep recesses into the rock, typical of the first centuries B.C. and A.D., can still be seen behind the Syrian Chapel in the Holy Sepulchre Church today.Read more ›

Getting Personal

What names in the Bible teach us

By Richard S. Hess

What’s in a name? That question has many answers when it’s applied to the Bible. In the Bible’s beginning, in the story of creation, names provide literary analogies or connections. For example, ’adam in Hebrew means both “person” (Genesis 1:26–28) and “man” (...Read more ›

Forgotten Heroines of the Exodus

The exclusion of women from Moses’ vision

By Tikva Frymer-Kensky

The beginning of the Book of Exodus introduces us to a world of men’s affairs. Jacob and his descendants, numbering 70 men and their families, come down to Egypt. The men are named and counted; their wives and daughters remain anonymous. The tale then unfolds:...Read more ›


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Reviewed by Pheme PerkinsAnthony J. Saldarini