David Carr

Marc Zvi Brettler

Marc Zvi Brettler

Marc Zvi Brettler is the Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University. He is the author of How to Read the Jewish Bible (Oxford, 2007) and coeditor of The New Oxford Annotated Bible, The Jewish Study Bible, and The Jewish Annotated New Testament.

Letter to the pharaoh from the governor of Megiddo

The Book of Genesis

Two questions based on the book of Genesis—Abraham and the Creation.

Senna Italica plant or Cassia obovata. Photograph by Colin Paterson-Jones)

The Burning Bush

Was there really a burning bush?

Saint Jerome in His Study

What Role Has Faith Played in Scholars’ Reading of the Bible?

Today the Bible is no longer studied only through the lens of faith or doctrine but has become firmly planted in the humanities as a legitimate object of academic inquiry.


Feast of Booths (Sukkot)

Sukkot, the most important biblical fall festival, originally celebrated the end of the harvest season and offered an opportunity to thank God for the bountiful harvest through various rituals.


Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

Judaism has transformed Yom Kippur from the day in which the temple was cleansed of its sins to the day of personal atonement; its earlier meaning stands behind its New Testament usage.


Rosh Hashanah

In modern Judaism, Rosh Hashanah is a festival celebrating the beginning of the year, but biblical Israel had several new years.

Timothy Washington

Love Your Neighbor (Vietnamese)

Lê-vi Ký 19:18 mang ý nghĩa là bạn phải đối xử với người Y-sơ-ra-ên đồng hương của bạn một cách đúng đắn; câu Kinh Thánh này nằm trong bộ tuyển tập luật lệ bao gồm điều răn về tình yêu thương dành cho người xa lạ.

Timothy Washington
Marc Chagall

The Prophets and the Temple

Prophetic religion is commonly thought to oppose temple worship and to insist that proper ethical behavior alone is sufficient for God–but evidence suggests otherwise.