With the arrival of the very first copy of BR in February 1985, I was hooked. It has been, and still is, an invaluable source of information as I seek to find my way through a spiritual journey that spans more than 70 years. How do I count the ways? I will try to be as brief as possible.
As I reread the introduction to the magazine printed in the first issue, I found that I had underlined several statements portraying your vision for this new magazine. Among them were: (1) “BR will bring to the layperson first-rate scholarship in biblical studies, written with clarity by the scholars themselves”; (2) “[I know there are] seemingly unlimited variations in approaching and understanding the biblical text”; and (3) therefore “our pages will be open to a full range of opinion, both those we agree with and those we disagree with.” Not only have you been true to your vision, you have exceeded my expectations.
Not only have I benefited from a wide range of perspectives that have enabled me to form a perspective of my own, you have inspired me to read beyond your pages. I have read, and continue to read, such enlightening sources as the Hebrew Pseudepigrapha and New Testament noncanonical writings. You have given me a greater understanding of the formation of the canon of both the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. I have learned much from your many book reviews. I must also express my appreciation for the wonderful charts, chronologies and side-by-sides that make complicated material much more understandable.