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Bible Review, Fall 1986



The Psalms

Beauty Heightened Through Poetic Structure

By Robert Alter

Of all the books of the Bible in which poetry plays a role, Psalms is the one set of texts whose poetic status has been most strongly felt throughout the generations—regardless of the vagaries of translation, typographical arrangement of verses or notions about biblical literary form. This...Read more ›

The Old Testament Background of Jesus as Begotten of God

By H. Neil Richardson

In recent issues of Bible Review, two quite different articles have examined the infancy narratives in Matthew and Luke—the only two Gospels that include an account of Jesus’ infancy. The first article—by Kenneth R. R. Gros Louis—was a literary study in which the author examined the differing...Read more ›

The Trial Before God of an Accused Adulteress

By Tikva Frymer-Kensky

In the Book of Genesis, when Adam sees Eve, he immediately says “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (Genesis 2:23). The narrator adds, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his...Read more ›