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The do’s and don’ts before the Ten Commandments
The Law was given at Sinai. But what was the situation before Sinai? Was there no law then? Were the patriarchs free to do what they pleased, free from the constraints of law? More than 2,000 years ago, perhaps just as the ink used to write...
Bible Review, June 1996
Did he believe the end was near?
Albert Schweitzer, after reviewing the 19th century’s quest for the historical Jesus, believed that honest scholars must choose between two alternatives, between what he called thoroughgoing eschatologya and thoroughgoing skepticism. By this...
Bible Review, October 1996
How two Victorian sisters and a rabbi discovered the Hebrew text of Ben Sira
This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most famous letters in the history of Biblical scholarship: University Library, Cambridge May 13, 1896 Dear Mrs. Lewis, I think we have reason to congratulate ourselves. For the fragment I...
Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1996