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Bible Review, August 1998


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The teflon kid

By Elie Wiesel

I have a problem with Aaron, number two in the great and glorious epic that recounts the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. He is a man of peace. He succeeds at everything. Everyone admires, even loves him. Whether great or small, they need...Read more ›


From the Land of the Bow

Black soldiers in the ancient Near East

By J. Daniel Hays

Jerusalem was under siege. The Babylonian army, led by King Nebuchadnezzar, was at the city gates. The prophet Jeremiah proclaimed to the citizens of Jerusalem that it was futile to resist because YHWH had raised up the Babylonian king to judge Judah. Jerusalem, Jeremiah...Read more ›

Men are from Judah, Women are from Bethlehem

How a modern bestseller illuminates Book of Ruth

By Denise Dick Herr

I always believed that the world portrayed in the Bible was very different from the one that I inhabit in 20th-century western Canada, with my career, computer and cross-country skis. But recently my attitude has changed somewhat. After comparing the insights on cross-gender communication...Read more ›

God’s Vineyard

Isaiah’s prophecy as vintner’s textbook

By Carey Ellen Walsh

Isaiah’s Song of the Vineyard is one of the most vivid and precise poetic passages in the Bible. In seven verses (Isaiah 5:1–7; see the sidebar to this article), the prophet presents a sustained metaphor for God’s care for his people, by portraying the...Read more ›


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Reviewed by Susan AckermanJohn A. DarrRonald S. HendelHershel Shanks