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Where Was James Buried?
Making sense of contradictory accounts
Controversy over the burial of James, the brother of Jesus, is nothing new. As early as the fourth century A.D., the location of James’s tomb was disputed. In the words of the church father Jerome, writing in 392 A.D.: “Some monks think James...
Bible Review, June 2003
Steve Mason has probably made the best case possible that we should adopt an “agnostic” position regarding the birthplace of Jesus. But although Mason has examined the literary data...
Bible Review, February 2000
Why Doesn’t God Answer Prayers?
How the First Christians Dealt with Divine Silence
We are told that God hears our prayers. Then why doesn’t he listen? The most consoling words in the New Testament are, “Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7 = Luke 11:9). The...
Bible Review, April 2004
What Really Happened at the Transfiguration?
A Literary Critic Deepens Our Understanding
In the Gospel miracle stories, Jesus does wonderful things. But the divine power that he dispenses flows through his person while leaving him untouched. In the Transfiguration episode,...
Bible Review, Fall 1987
What Difference Does a Century Make?
Maybe Solomon didn’t build the gate at Megiddo. So what?
Bible Review, February 2003
The Empire of David—or Not?
Modern maps show David’s kingdom reaching to the Euphrates. But what does the Bible say?
Bible Review, October 2001
It Ain’t Necessarily So
The Bible weaves together narrative, folklore, history and religion, but that doesn’t make it a “False Testament.”
Bible Review, June 2002
The Birth of the Canon
The Hebrew Bible was born out of suffering and loss
Bible Review, February 2002
If we’re going to use the Bible as a model, why not go all the way?
Bible Review, October 2004
Was There a Temple in Jerusalem?
Wartime reports from Palestine mask the truth.
Bible Review, October 2003