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Bible Review, December 1998


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Silent at the tent door

By Elie Wiesel

Joshua, the perfect disciple. Obedient and humble. The man whose devotion to his master can serve as an example to all. God’s chosen, just as Moses had been. The servant become leader, whom God and Moses do not cease to encourage—so much so that we wonder why...Read more ›


Fallen Star

The evolution of Lucifer

By Ronald F. Youngblood

I first heard the word “lucifer” when I was a small child. My grandfather was warning me about the dangers of those long wooden matches tipped with antimony sulfide and potassium chlorate. He called them “lucifers.” Needless to say, at that time I had no idea that...Read more ›

Paul’s Contradictions

Can they be resolved?

By John G. Gager

If we look at Paul’s letters, it is not difficult to pull out what on the surface appear to be directly opposing views, anti- and pro-Israel: I. Anti-Israel: • “All who rely on works of the law are under a curse” (Galatians 3:10). •...Read more ›


If only Paul had used The Chicago Manual of Style

By Roger L. Omanson

Bible scholars, as BR readers know all too well, spend a lot of time quibbling over what the Bible says. Many of the disagreements arise because we do not have a single original text to work from. For the New Testament, the earliest manuscripts date to around...Read more ›

Santa and His Asherah

By William H.C. Propp

The ancient Near Eastern roots of American Yuletide customs are manifold and fascinating. I will concentrate here on just two major points: that the Christmas tree was originally a symbol of the Canaanite goddess Asherah and that Santa Claus is an avatar of Asherah’s consort, the high...Read more ›


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Reviewed by Sidnie White CrawfordRonald S. HendelAnthony J. Saldarini