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Bible Review, October 1998


Special Section

Supporting Roles

Jacob’s Wrestling Match

Was it an angel or Esau?

By Jack Miles

In commenting on the story of Jacob and Esau, Elie Wiesel refers in passing to “the traditional teaching that portrays Esau as Jacob’s implacable enemy for all time” (“Supporting Roles: Esau,” BR 14:02). The relevant verse in Genesis is 27:41, which comes just after...Read more ›


The Lost Books of the Bible

By Duane Christensen

Enigmatic references to unknown books are scattered throughout the Bible. We read of the Book of Jashar and the Book of the Wars of Yahweh, but we cannot read the books themselves, for no copies are known to exist. What is surprising, however, is...Read more ›

Dining in Heaven

The earliest Christian visions of paradise

By Robin M. Jensen

Dusty skeletons in burial niches once lined the narrow passageways that lead into the Catacomb of Callistus, the earliest official cemetery of the Christian community in Rome. Deep underground, in the oldest part of the catacomb, the austere passageways open onto a number of subterranean burial chambers,...Read more ›

From Storm God to Abstract Being

How the deity became more distant from Exodus to Deuteronomy

By Victor Hurowitz

A spectacular sound and light show greeted the Israelites when the new nation encountered God for the first time at Mt. Sinai.1 The awesome display of divine presence and power so terrified the Children of Israel that they begged God not to appear to them again in...Read more ›