Spy Tales

013Daily news reports from the Middle East are filled with tales of espionage, terrorism and counterintelligence operations. So is the Bible.

Photographing Jesus

Revelation: Representations of Christ in Photography By Nissan N. Perez (London, UK: Merrell, 2003) 224 pp., 195 illus., $50.00 (hardcover) 020 Photographs speak to us in a way no other medium does. It’s not that they tell us more than a text or painting. It’s that they force us to think, for a […]

Cyrus the Messiah
Why Isaiah calls a non-Jewish king of Persia Israel’s anointed one By Lisbeth S. Fried

The Persian emperor Cyrus is honored as the only foreigner in the Bible to be identified as the “messiah” or “anointed one” of YHWH, the Israelite God.1 Isaiah tells us that YHWH spoke “to his messiah, to Cyrus, whom I [YHWH] took by his right hand to subdue nations before him” (Isaiah 45:1). The […]

Who Wrote Second Isaiah?

The Book of Isaiah contains the most astounding prophecy in the Hebrew Bible. Ostensibly, the Prophet Isaiah, who flourished in the eighth century B.C.E., according to Isaiah 1:1, accurately foresaw events that occurred a couple hundred years later: He predicted that after the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed and the Jewish people exiled, a foreign […]