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Bible Review, June 1988



Eve and Adam

Is a feminist reading possible?

By Pamela J. Milne

Scholars have identified two different creation stories at the beginning of Genesis, one in Genesis 1–2:4a and the other in Genesis 2:4b–3:24. The first is attributed to the “P” source (the Priestly tradition) and the second is attributed...Read more ›

The Book of Hours

The medievel best seller

By Roger S. Wieck

It has long been a truism that the Bible is the most-published book in the history of Western culture. But for almost 250 years, from about 1275 to 1525, Books of Hours (illuminated prayer books whose heart is a series of prayers devoted to the Virgin Mary)...Read more ›

Sumerian Literature

Background to the Bible

By William W. Hallo

The world’s oldest literature—poetry as well as prose—belongs to the Sumerians, that fascinating, enigmatic people who settled over 5,000 years ago on the shores of the Persian Gulf1 and in the lower (southern) part of the valley between the Tigris and...Read more ›

Must “Biblical Theology” Be Christian Theology?

By Rolf Rendtorff

In its earliest use, just over 200 years ago, the term “biblical theology” meant Christian theology. “Biblical theology” represented a search for the overall theological meaning of the Bible—the New Testament and the Old Testament—from a Christian religious perspective. This point may be emphasized by a historical...Read more ›


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Reviewed by J. Duncan M. DerrettDavid M. Howard Jr.Birger A. PearsonShaye J.D. Cohen