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Bible Review, June 1993



Child Sacrifice: Returning God’s Gift

Barren women give birth to exceptional children

By Susan Ackerman

Six barren woman in the Bible receive an annunciation from God promising an end to their barrenness. In a 1983 article,1 Robert Alter borrowed the term “type-scene” from Homeric scholarship and used it to describe these six biblical stories about women who had difficulty conceiving but ultimately...Read more ›

Why Search for the Historical Jesus?

By John P. Meier

Currently I am working on a book on the historical Jesus, trying to determine what we can say about the life of Jesus here on earth in terms that would satisfy an objective historian. Contrary to my expectation, it has turned out to be a two-volume project...Read more ›

How Job Fulfills God’s Word to Cain

By Joseph P. Klein

Ronald S. Hendel’s article, “When God Acts Immorally—Is the Bible a Good Book?” BR 07:03, obviously touched a raw nerve. In examining the story of Cain, Hendel suggested that God may not be a perfect God, but a good God nevertheless, and that the...Read more ›


Bible Books

Reviewed by Moshe J. BernsteinBlake LeyerleJ. R. PollittJames C. VanderKamO. Larry YarbroughGordon Zerbe

Book Notes

Reviewed by Elizabeth JohnsonJames C. VanderKam