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Bible Review, October 1993



Apocalypse at Waco—Could the Tragedy Have Been Averted?

FBI spurns advice of Bible scholars

By James D. Tabor

The government doesn’t understand, I said to myself as I watched the drama of the Branch Davidians at Waco, Texas, unfold on CNN day after day. Was there anything I could do to help, I wondered. As my frustration mounted, I decided to offer...Read more ›


The lost gospel

By Stephen J. Patterson

The Lost Gospel. The very concept provokes a flood of questions. If it is lost, how do we know it ever existed? How do we know what was in it? Who lost it? And how was it lost? Perhaps most intriguing of all: Will it ever be...Read more ›

The Binding or Sacrifice of Isaac

How Jews and Christians see differently

By Robin M. Jensen

The Akedah (ah-kay-DAH), or binding of Isaac, is one of the most powerful narratives in the Hebrew Bible. For nearly 2,000 years, however, it has been read somewhat differently by Jews and Christians. It is even portrayed differently in the pictures they make. For most Christians, the...Read more ›

God Tests Abraham

Abraham tests God

By Lippman Bodoff

In Jewish tradition, the Torah has 70—that is, many—facets. Its interpretations are inexhaustible. I would like to suggest a new interpretation of the Akedah, the binding of Isaac (Genesis 22), a story that has received as much “interpretation” as any in the Hebrew Bible...Read more ›


Bible Books

Reviewed by Bart D. EhrmanYoram HazonyStephen J. PattersonBirger A. PearsonJohn C. Reeves

Book Notes

Reviewed by Elizabeth JohnsonJames C. VanderKam