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Bible Review, Winter 1986



Was The Gospel of Matthew Originally Written In Hebrew?

By George Howard

New evidence indicates that the Gospel of Matthew was an original Hebrew composition. Indeed, it is now possible to recover much of this original Hebrew composition from an extant manuscript. But before explaining how this can be done, let me set the stage with a little background...Read more ›

Hagar’s Expulsion—A Tale Twice-Told in Genesis

How artists picture the Bible

By Zefira Gitay

The artist is a biblical commentator just as surely as the literary critic who studies the Bible’s internal devices, as the form critic who looks at the origins of literary genres, or as the source critic who tries to disentangle components that may have been woven together...Read more ›

The David and Goliath Saga

How a Biblical editor combined two versions

By Emanuel Tov

The University of Pennsylvania’s Jeffrey H. Tigay sets the stage for the article that follows: Since the rise of biblical criticism in the 17th century, scholars have concluded that the books of the Hebrew Bible, like many other ancient literary classics, have not reached...Read more ›

The Earliest Biblical Exegesis is in the Bible Itself

By Micheal Fishbane

We usually think of exegesis as the external interpretation of a text, and of biblical exegesis as interpretation external to the Bible. Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible began, however, long before the canon closed and the text became fixed. And this exegesis, or interpretation, can be identified...Read more ›