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Bible Review, August 2000


Special Section

The Most Original Bible Text: How to Get There


At last, almost all of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been transcribed, transliterated, translated and either published or nearly published. But as soon as this task is accomplished, scholars are faced with a new challenge: How can they improve the text of the Hebrew Bible, or Old...Read more ›

The Most Original Bible Text: How to Get There

Combine the Best from Each Tradition

By Ronald S. Hendel

I believe that we are ready for a new critical edition of the Hebrew Bible. We now have sufficient ancient texts and critical tools to improve the Hebrew text that has come down to us as the textus receptus, the Masoretic Text, or MT for short.1 All...Read more ›

The Most Original Bible Text: How to Get There

Keep Each Tradition Separate

By James A. Sanders

As one of those “reluctant” scholars whom Professor Hendel describes as “all too often averse” to creating an eclectic text of the Hebrew Bible, I would like to clarify that my reluctance stems not from any aversion, but from long experience.1 For nearly 40 years, I have...Read more ›



The private man behind the public leader

By J. Daniel Hays

Solemnly ascending Mt. Sinai, angrily smashing the Tablets of the Law, boldly parting the waters of the Red Sea—these are the images of Moses we know best. But what about the personal life of the man who led Israel from Egypt to Canaan? A person’s private life...Read more ›

Extra! Extra! Philistines in the Newsroom!

David’s battle with Goliath rages on as reporters enhance their stories with biblical quotes

By Leonard J. Greenspoon

Pity the poor newspaper writer. Every day he (or she) must grab the reader’s attention, convey something newsworthy in a fresh way and do it all in the space of a few inches of type. Is it any wonder that newspaper reporters and editors...Read more ›