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Bible Review, October 2003



Spy Tales

By Rose Mary Sheldon

Daily news reports from the Middle East are filled with tales of espionage, terrorism and counterintelligence operations. So is the Bible. Indeed, some of the most dynamic biblical figures—Moses, Joshua, David, Delilah and Judith—either act as spies or command others to spy. It’s not...Read more ›

Photographing Jesus

By Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt

Revelation: Representations of Christ in Photography By Nissan N. Perez (London, UK: Merrell, 2003) 224 pp., 195 illus., $50.00 (hardcover) Photographs speak to us in a way no other medium does. It’s not that they tell us...Read more ›

Cyrus the Messiah

Why Isaiah calls a non-Jewish king of Persia Israel’s anointed one

By Lisbeth S. Fried

The Persian emperor Cyrus is honored as the only foreigner in the Bible to be identified as the “messiah” or “anointed one” of YHWH, the Israelite God.1 Isaiah tells us that YHWH spoke “to his messiah, to Cyrus, whom I [YHWH] took by his right...Read more ›

Who Wrote Second Isaiah?

By William H.C. Propp

The Book of Isaiah contains the most astounding prophecy in the Hebrew Bible. Ostensibly, the Prophet Isaiah, who flourished in the eighth century B.C.E., according to Isaiah 1:1, accurately foresaw events that occurred a couple hundred years later: He predicted that after the Jerusalem...Read more ›