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Bible Review, April 1998


Special Section

Supporting Roles


By Elie Wiesel

At the risk of shocking my reader, I feel compelled to reveal my sympathy for a character that the Bible seems to treat rather badly. I am talking about Esau, the elder brother of Jacob. I feel sorry for him. I imagine him alone, always alone, bitter...Read more ›


What Really Happened at Gethsemane?

By Jerome Murphy-O’Connor

The scene has stimulated the imagination of great painters. The light of a full moon accentuates the shadows in a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives. A lonely figure prays in anguish. Deep in careless sleep, his companions ignore his agony...Read more ›

“More Than Any Man Has Ever Done”

Julia Smith’s search for the meaning of God’s word

By Emily Walter Sampson

It was the end of 1842, and Julia Smith expected the end of the world. A believer in the apocalyptic prophecies of the Baptist preacher William Miller, Smith had allowed the plants in the conservatory of her Connecticut home to go unwatered and die. She had even...Read more ›

Dreamer, Schemer, Slave and Prince

Understanding Joseph’s dreams

By Arnold Ages

Dreams in the Joseph story—both those he dreamed himself and those he interpreted for others—have long mesmerized us. His arrogant boasting of his dreams to his brothers almost cost him his life. His gifts as a dream interpreter won his release from prison and slavery and allowed...Read more ›


Bible Books

Reviewed by Susan AckermanGary A. AndersonAnthony J. Saldarini