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Bible Review, April 1991



What Makes the Ten Commandments Different?

By Moshe Weinfeld

We start with a problem. And some questions. With the exception of the tenth commandment, prohibiting coveting, all the commandments in the Decalogue, as the Ten Commandments are called, appear in similar form elsewhere in the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible). The prohibitions against...Read more ›

Is Everybody a Bible Expert?

Not the authors of the Book of J

By Richard Elliott Friedman

It is a strange fact that we biblical scholars always seem to meet people who are surprised that we really know things about the Bible. They assume that the study of the Bible is a matter of opinions and interpretations, with few verifiable facts one way or...Read more ›

Sung Sermons

Melodies, morals and biblical interpretations in Byzantium

By R. J. Schork

Sermons in stone,” “sermons in glass”—these multimedia figures of speech should surprise no one, since for long periods of time and in a broad range of places the largely illiterate faithful in Europe learned the Bible and the teachings of the church in ways...Read more ›

The People of The Dead Sea Scrolls

Essenes or Sadducees?

By James C. VanderKam

Adjacent to the 11 caves on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found are the remains of an ancient settlement overlooking the Wadi Qumran. It is almost certain that the people who lived in this settlement placed the scrolls...Read more ›


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