How Bad Was Jezebel?

For more than two thousand years, Jezebel has been saddled with a reputation as the bad girl of the Bible, the wickedest of women. This ancient queen has been denounced as a murderer, prostitute and enemy of God, and her name has been adopted for lingerie lines and World War II missiles alike. But […]

The Bad Boy of Historical Jesus Studies

A Long Way from Tipperary: What a Former Irish Monk Discovered in His Search for the TruthA Memoir John Dominic Crossan (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2000) 216 pp., $23.00 (hardback) Dom Crossan is a nice guy—I know him—but he has some controversial things to say about Jesus and the New Testament stories about him. […]

And the Winner is…BR’s Short Story Contest Results Are In

First Place: “Home Is Where…,”by Susan Gabbay (aka Lot’s Wife) Second Place: “Divining the Divine,”by Molly Pickering Grose (aka Balaam) Third Place: “Pursuing Knowledge,”by Bruce Martin Wildish (aka the Serpent) When we printed a small announcement for our short story contest in the April 2000 issue of BR, we really weren’t expecting a […]

Who defeated this Jewish art? By Steven Fine

The delicate carving on the side of the sarcophagus depicts Zeus, in the guise of a swan, graphically forcing himself on the Spartan queen Leda. The scene is one of the best known in ancient Greek mythology, so its appearance on a sarcophagus should be no surprise. This particular sarcophagus, however, comes not […]


When the Bible Enters the Fray
As Vermont legalizes civil unions for same-sex couples, both sides of the debate turn to the Bible for support. They might do better to turn to Bible scholars, too. By Susan Ackerman
Of Sacred Leopards and Abominable Pigs
How common practice becomes ritual law By Ronald S. Hendel
Lot’s Wife