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Bible Review, December 1999



Why 2K?

The biblical roots of millennialism

By James D. Tabor

January 1, 2000…The biggest birthday any of us will ever live through,” trumpeted the New York Times in announcing the Millennium Series in its Sunday magazine. Newspapers predict that as many as 1.5 million people will crowd Times Square at midnight, December 31, 1999, watched by an estimated television audience...Read more ›

Can We Find God Without History?

The story of one scholar’s failed attempt

By Paul D. Hanson

How can we discover—or uncover—the Israelite God in the text of the Hebrew Bible? That is the problem scholars refer to as Old Testament theology. A recent book that has created quite a stir in the academy, written by the prominent Old Testament theologian Walter Brueggemann, answers the question in...Read more ›

And the Band Played On…But What Did They Play On?

Identifying the instruments in Nebuchadenezzar’s orchestra

By Terence C. Mitchell

The text itself is music. Like a refrain, the litany of instruments is repeated four times in chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel: “the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick.” Like an insistent ostinato, the names Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego—the three young Hebrew...Read more ›


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