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Bible Review, April 2002



Abraham’s Sons

How the bible and Qur’an see the same story differently

By John Kaltner

In the Book of Genesis, Abraham leads his beloved son Isaac up Mt. Moriah and prepares to sacrifice him at God’s command. In Muslim tradition, Ishmael is the near-victim. Jews, Christians and Muslims all trace their roots back to Abraham—but not through the same son: Ishmael is...Read more ›

Sharing in the Divine

What it means to be God’s son

By Herbert W. Basser

What does it mean when God calls Jesus “my Son”? Many modern readers interpret the phrase as a literal reference to Jesus’ virgin birth: Jesus was conceived by God’s divine seed. Others understand it as a metaphor for Jesus’ intimate relationship with God. But how did the...Read more ›

Jesus the Teetotaler

How Dr. Welch put the Lord on the wagon

By Michael M. HomanMark A. Gstohl

Jesus drank wine (Mark 14:23–25; Matthew 26:27–29; Luke 22:17–18). He even produced wine: When the alcohol supply dwindled at the wedding in Cana, a youthful Jesus turned six jars of water—holding 20 to 30 gallons each—into wine (...Read more ›

Worshiping Idols

What Isaiah didn’t know

By Michael B. Dick

The Hebrew prophet scholars call Second Isaiah loved to make fun of idols. He scathingly mocks them in as powerful a parody as anything in the Bible. But does he really understand the idols he condemns? I grant the literary artistry and...Read more ›


Leonardo’s Last Supper

By Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt

Leonardo: The Last Supper Pinin Brambilla Barcilon and Pietro C. Marani Trans. by Harlow Tighe (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2001) 458 pp., 382 color illus., 64 b&w, $95.00 (clothbound) It took Leonardo about four years to paint his famous Last...Read more ›