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Bible Review, August 2002



Seven Luminous Days

The creation mosaics of Monreale

By Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt

In the Bible, God creates through speech. He says the Word, and it is. “God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). But in the various depictions of God in the Creation mosaics of the Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily, he...Read more ›

The Song of Songs

An ode to intimacy

By Robert Alter

Human interactions in the Bible are on the whole seen from a certain distance. The paucity of narrative detail regarding setting, appearance and posture can make even the most intimate of conversations read like an exchange between talking heads. Physical contact between characters in the...Read more ›

How an American Coal Miner Acquired Sacred Biblical Papyri

The Chester Beatty Collection

By Kathleen Ritmeyer

The Chester Beatty Library was once one of Dublin’s best-kept secrets. I often found myself the only visitor when I went there as a student. The library was tucked away in the leafy Dublin suburb of Ballsbridge, on Shrewsbury Road, amidst foreign embassies and the wealthiest homes...Read more ›


A book of memories

By Ronald S. Hendel

“tradition (which is a product of oblivion and memory)” —Jorge Luis Borges The Exodus from Egypt is a focal point of ancient Israelite religion. Virtually every kind of religious literature in the Hebrew Bible-prose narrative, liturgical poetry, didactic prose and prophecy—celebrates the Exodus as a...Read more ›


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Reviewed by Stephen J. PattersonRobert J. Miller