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Bible Review, December 2003



How the Bible Became the Kynge’s Owne English

By Leonard J. Greenspoon

In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture Alister McGrath (New York: Doubleday, 2001) 340 pp., $24.95 (hardback) Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English...Read more ›

How Pilate Became a Saint

By Robin M. Jensen

Pontius Pilate has a terrible reputation. We tend to think of him as one of the New Testament’s greatest cowards. Tragically, at Jesus’ trial, Pilate seems to recognize that a gross injustice is being done, yet he doesn’t use his power as the Roman governor of Judea...Read more ›

The Dark Side of Pilate

By Stephen J. Patterson

Poor Pilate. If ever a man was caught unwittingly in the net of historical circumstance, it was Pilate. A simple Roman governor just doing his job, he could see that Jesus wasn’t the villain the Jewish crowd thought him to be. In the end, he washed his...Read more ›

Mel Gibson’s Passion Play

By Eric Wargo

“His blood be on us and our children.” This single, chilling line from the Gospel of Matthew (27:25) has caused more bloodshed than any other verse in the Bible. Matthew’s invidious portrayal of “the Jews” clamoring for Jesus’ blood provided the impetus for centuries...Read more ›

Should Cheeseburgers Be Kosher?

A different interpretation of five Hebrew words

By Jack M. Sasson

”You may not seethe a kid in its mother’s milk” is one of the Bible’s more puzzling interdictions. This short phrase—only five words in Hebrew (lo’ tebasûsûel gdi bah\aleb ‘immo)—is repeated three times, once in Exodus 23:19, again in Exodus 34:26...Read more ›


Bible Books

To Kill and Take Possession: Law, Morality, and Society in Biblical Stories

Reviewed by David T. Ball