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Bible Review, February 1998


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Cain & Abel

“He who kills, kills his brother.”

By Elie Wiesel

Cain and Abel: The first two brothers of the first family in history. The only brothers in the world. The saddest, the most tragic. Why do they hold such an important place in our collective memory, which the Bible represents for so many of us? Mean, ugly,...Read more ›


Clothes Maketh The Man

Keys to meaning in the stories of Saul and David

By Ora Horn Prouser

Shivering, an aged King David lay on his deathbed, suffering from cold. But “although they covered him with clothes, he could not get warm” (1 Kings 1:1). One telling detail in the biblical account of David’s death accentuates the irreversible decline of the king,...Read more ›

Jesus in the Movies

Jesus may be the most filmed figure in history

By Peter T. Chattaway

Films recreate the past and make it come alive. For many people movies are their first and most memorable encounter with history. Movies can also reflect a society’s changing values, as well as its attempts to come to terms with its past and draw lessons for its...Read more ›

The Mystery of Paul

Three new books explore the man who shaped Christianity

By Bruce Chilton

Paul: A Critical Life Jerome Murphy-O’Connor (New York and Oxford: Clarendon, 1996) xv1 + 416 pp., $35 Paul: The Mind of the Apostle A.N. Wilson (New York and London: Norton, 1977) xiii + 274 pp., $25 What Saint Paul...Read more ›

What We Miss

By taking the Bible apart

By Rolf Rendtorff

The impulse to engage with the Bible is, at its roots, a religious—that is to say, a theological—one. So it has been for thousands of years, for both Jews and Christians. This changed, in the 18th century, with what we call the Enlightenment. I do not mean...Read more ›


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Reviewed by John C. HolbertAnthony J. Saldarini