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Bible Review, June 2003


Special Section

James, the Brother of Jesus


The recently publicized bone box, or ossuary, inscribed in Aramaic, “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus,” has captivated scholars as well as the lay community of Jews and Christians all over the world. The day after it was first revealed to the public by our sister...Read more ›

James, the Brother of Jesus

Bringing James Out of the Shadows

Jesus’ brother led Jerusalem church

By Ben Witherington III

History, it is said, is written by the winners. Perhaps that’s why we know so little about James, the brother of Jesus. Although he was a major player in the first-century A.D., his popularity waned in the next few centuries as the followers of Peter and Paul...Read more ›

James, the Brother of Jesus

Where Was James Buried?

Making sense of contradictory accounts

By Jerome Murphy-O’Connor

Controversy over the burial of James, the brother of Jesus, is nothing new. As early as the fourth century A.D., the location of James’s tomb was disputed. In the words of the church father Jerome, writing in 392 A.D.: “Some monks think James was buried on the...Read more ›


Moses’ Egyptian Name

By Ogden Goelet

The history of Israel begins with its enslavement in Egypt. Israel is defined in opposition to everything Egyptian—they are powerful, Israel is weak; they are rich, Israel is poor; they have many gods, Israel has one. Isn’t it ironic, then, that the greatest Hebrew...Read more ›

The Harrowing of Hell

By Heidi J. HornikMikeal C. Parsons

[He] was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into Hell. On the third day, he rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Millions of Christians have recited these lines from the Apostles’ Creed as...Read more ›