Bible Review 9:5, October 1993

Book Notes

Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation

Craig A. Evans (Hendrickson, 1992)

Craig A. Evans offers students an introduction to the diverse literatures related to the Bible, especially the New Testament. With the rapid growth in the amount of material available and the difficulty in getting reliable, convenient information about it, such a guide has been necessary. Evans, associate professor of biblical studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, provides brief introductions to the Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the available Dead Sea Scrolls, versions of the Old Testament (in Hebrew, Greek, Latin and other languages), Philo and Josephus, the Targums, rabbinic literature, the New Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, early church fathers, Gnostic writings and other sources (such as Greco-Roman authors and Samaritan writings). Short bibliographies are supplied for each item and a concluding chapter offers examples of New Testament exegesis using some of these extra-biblical materials. A remarkable amount of information is available in one accessible volume, but perhaps Evans has tried to cover too much. The numerous brief entries often sound more definite than the evidence warrants.

The Macmillan Bible Atlas, 3rd Edition

Yohanan Aharoni Michael Avi-Yonah, Anson F. Rainey and Ze ‘ev Safari (New York: Macmillan, 1993) 215 pp., $35.00
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