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Bible Review, June 2004


Special Section

Pilate in the Dock

For the Defense

By Paul L. Maier

Did the gospel writers whitewash the role of Pontius Pilate on Good Friday, portraying him as a magistrate who condemned Jesus only under pressure from a Jewish prosecution, when in fact Pilate really wanted Jesus on the cross? This revisionist portrait of Pilate—presented to BR readers by...Read more ›

Pilate in the Dock

For the Prosecution

By Stephen J. Patterson

Professor Maier’s extensive rebuttal of my earlier essay is a most welcome engagement from an authority who has written widely on the figure of Pilate.1 I am happy to offer a reply. First, however, a word on name-calling. Professor Maier’s repeated reference to my remarks as “revisionist”...Read more ›

Pilate in the Dock

Paul L. Maier Responds...

By Paul L. Maier

I thank Professor Patterson for his thoughtful response, to which several brief comments may be appropriate. I used the word “revisionist” as the neutral term it is for “one who,” according to the dictionary definition, “revises, or favors the revision of, some accepted theory, doctrine, etc.” Professor...Read more ›


Samson et Dalila

What French Opera Reveals About the Biblical Duo

By Dan W. Clanton Jr.

Few biblical women seem more scandalous than Delilah. A harlot and a temptress, she uses her beauty and her wiles to ensnare the mighty Samson. A great deceiver, she tricks her lover into revealing the secret source of his strength. For selling that secret to Samson’s Philistine...Read more ›

Dealing with the Devil

How Adam and Eve Fared After the Fall

By David R. Cartlidge

Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden serves as the foundation for Western theologies of the way we are: sinful and guilty. As the New England Primer of 1683 succinctly states: “In Adam’s fall, We sinned all.” For their sin, Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden in Genesis 3.Read more ›

Acting Like Apes

The Bible’s Alpha Males

By William H.C. Propp

A few weeks ago, my family went ape. Literally. Within the space of seven days, we visited the primate exhibits at the San Diego Zoo, watched an IMAX film about Jane Goodall, borrowed an educational video about apes from the library and viewed 2001: A Space Odyssey...Read more ›