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Says he didn’t father Gottwald’s Marxist theory
Israel emerged as a people just before the period of the Judges, at the end of what archaeologists call the Late Bronze Age (1550–1200 B.C.) and the beginning of Iron Age I (1200–1000 B.C.)—the time when the Israelite tribes settled in the...
Bible Review, Summer 1986
Not to result in a religious conversion, but to hearing the “teaching” that goes forth from Zion in the name of the God who is worshipped there. The universal is to be found in the particular.
Bible Review, June 1992
Humans received a God-given freedom to choose between a lifestyle that fosters life on this planet or that leads to death for the earth and its inhabitants. In the words of Deuteronomy 30:19: “Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.”
Bible Review, October 1992
Is Heterosexuality—the biological norm for reproduction—also the ethical norm for human sexual relations? My proposal does not provide answers, but gives a basis for discussion in terms of biblical theology.
Bible Review, June 1993
The Old Testament/Hebrew Bible has an independence that should not be compromised by either Christianizing or Judaizing it. Together, we need to discuss what it says about God and God’s relationship to human beings and the world.
Bible Review, February 1994
Why was Miriam severely punished for challenging Moses’ authority while Aaron got off scot-free? There is no way to avoid the fact that the story presupposes a patriarchal society.
Bible Review, June 1994
The terms “Christ” and “Messiah” do not refer to a divine being but to the function an agent of God plays in bringing the kingdom that is to come on earth as in heaven.
Bible Review, October 1995
Order and chaos belong together in God’s creation, but potential chaos of another kind was introduced when God created human beings endowed with freedom.
Bible Review, February 1996
Approaching the Bible as an ancient book may explain aspects of the story that trouble us today, but this method fails to deal with the Bible as the bearer of God’s revelation.
Bible Review, October 1996
The Greek word synkatabasis refers to God’s “stooping” to meet human beings at their own level, just as a parent gets down on the floor and “lisps” to a child.
Bible Review, June 1997
A rare teacher, James Muilenburg was able to hold together the historical meaning, the literary form and the theological significance of biblical texts.
Bible Review, February 1998
In the presence of native Americans who lost their land to invaders, I took a new interest in those forgotten peoples of the Bible who were dispossessed by the fulfillment of God’s promise to the Israelites to give them “a land flowing with milk and honey
Bible Review, February 1993
Some think that congregations should be more critical in selecting scripture readings. They insist upon creating a canon within the canon. But this bases the authority of the Bible not on the Bible itself, but on the Bible as read by a particular communit
Bible Review, February 1997