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Bible Review, April 1999


Special Section

Supporting Roles

Eldad and Medad

By Elie Wiesel

Of the 70 elders who advised Moses, why are these two the only ones mentioned by name?Read more ›

Has Richard Friedman Really Discovered a Long-Hidden Book in the Bible?

Friedman’s Thesis: An Overview

By Hershel Shanks

Bible scholar Richard Elliott Friedman claims to have found the world’s first prose masterpiece embedded in the Bible. This hidden book, he claims, opens with the Creation and ends with the death of David. Our two-part coverage begins with an article by BR editor Hershel Shanks, who details Friedman’s unconventional theory. In part two, Friedman’s book serves as a springboard for a spirited discussion among three leading scholars on how the Bible came to be.Read more ›

Has Richard Friedman Really Discovered a Long-Hidden Book in the Bible?

Bible Critics Respond: An Interview

Hershel Shanks: Do you agree or disagree, or don’t you know whether you agree, with Dick Friedman’s contention that J, as we have it in the Tetrateuch, is also the author of the passages he identifies in Deuteronomy and the rest of the Deuteronomistic History through Kings?...Read more ›


Parallel Lives

The trials and traumas of Isaac and Ishmael

By Curt Leviant

Although the Bible emphasizes the differences between Isaac and Ishmael, the half brothers suffer at least one strikingly similar life (or should we say near-death) experience. Do they have more in common than we thought?Read more ›

Who Is the Teacher of Righteousness?

By Ben Zion Wacholder

Dead Sea Scroll scholars have long debated the identity of the shadowy figure described in the scrolls as the Teacher of Righteousness. But was he a historical figure or someone expected at the end of time?Read more ›

Laying Down the Law

A response to John Gager

By Ben Witherington III

Did Paul preach the gospel of Jesus Christ for Christians alone—as John Gager recently proposed in BR? Or was his message intended for both Jews and Christians?Read more ›