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The quest for the historical Jesus began as a protest against traditional Christian dogma. But when the supposedly “neutral” historians peered into the well, all they saw was a featureless Jesus. Even when these scholars decided that...
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