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Bible Review, April 1989



Two Questions About Crucifixion

Does the victim die of asphyxiation? Would nails in the hand hold the weight of the body?

By Frederick T. Zugibe

Despite the uncertainties and controversies concerning Jesus’ life and death, there is universal agreement about at least one thing: He was crucified. Yet even here questions have been raised, questions about the physical cause of death and about how people were nailed to the cross. I would...Read more ›

Amos’s Four Visions

Of judgment & hope

By H. Neil Richardson

Taking a short passage from the Bible and looking at it from a variety of perspectives can be very instructive. For example, from a short passage from the book of the eighth-century B.C. prophet Amos, we can learn: something about the problems of translation and why scholars...Read more ›

Coarse Language In The Bible?

It’s culture shocking!

By Harvey Minkoff

In an article I recently wrote in Bible Reviewa on the problems of Bible translating, I distinguished two styles of translation: reader-centered (covert) and text-centered (overt). The first style of translation tries to convey to the reader the impression of an original...Read more ›

Visual Glories

The Hebrew Bible in medieval manuscripts

By Roger S. Wieck

Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath. … Thou shalt not bow down unto them, nor serve them …” (Exodus 20:4, ...Read more ›


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