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Bible Review, August 1993



The Gospels that Didn’t Make the Cut

By Robert J. Miller

A few years ago, I was part of a team of scholars who set out to produce a new translation of the gospels. We were all teachers frustrated with the various New Testament translations in our college and seminary courses. While most of the major translations are...Read more ›

The Oldest Cookbooks in the World

By William W. Hallo

When the three messengers visited Abraham to announce the forthcoming birth of his beloved son Isaac, Abraham demonstrated his hospitality by inviting the messengers to a meal before even learning what their mission was. “Let me fetch a morsel of bread that you may...Read more ›

Songs of the Heart

Understanding the Book of Psalms

By Nahum M. Sarna

The Hebrew Bible has three parts: the Law (Torah), the Prophets (Nevi’im) and the Writings (Kethuvim). The Book of Psalms is part of the Writings. In the Law and the Prophets, God reaches out to man. The initiative is his. The message is his. He communicates, we...Read more ›

Why Didn’t Joseph Call Home?

By Arnold Ages

The Hebrew Bible contains many unanswered questions and questions for which the answers provided seem inadequate. This, however, is part of the charm of Torah; it challenges us to exercise our powers of conjecture and imagination to supply plausible responses. One of the most intriguing of these...Read more ›


Bible Books

Reviewed by John Dominic CrossanHershel ShanksEugene Ulrich

Book Notes

Reviewed by Elizabeth JohnsonJames C. VanderKam