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This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies
co-edited with Sarah Melcher and Jeremy Schipper
Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, In press

The End of Biblical Studies

Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2007.

Strangers in Our Own Land: Religion in U.S. Latina/o Literature.
Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.

Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence.
Amherst, New York: Prometheus Press, 2005.

Introduction to the U.S. Latina and Latino Religious Experience
(editor; Boston/Leiden: Brill, 2004)

¿Se puede saber si Dios existe? [Can One Know if God Exists?]

Amherst New York: Prometheus Books, 2003 (first published in 2000).

Health Care and the Rise of Christianity.
Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Press, 1999.

Illness and Health Care in the Ancient Near East: The Role of The Temple in Greece, Mesopotamia, and Israel.
Harvard Semitic Monographs 54; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995.

"Did the Lost Ten Tribes Go to Germany? Terry M. Blodgett's Theory of the Hebrew Influences on the Germanic Languages,"
Journal of Higher Criticism 10/1 (Spring 2003) 48-65.

"Deconstructing 'Nahualismo' in Mexican-American Theology,"
Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 10:4 (May, 2003)

"The Ancient Near in Modern Science Fiction: Zechariah Sitchin's Twelfth Planet as Case Study,"
The Journal of Higher Criticism 9:1 (Spring 2002) 49-70.

"Violence in the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita,"
Journal of Vaishnava Studies 9 (2, 2001) 67-83.

"Rubel Shelly's Prepare to Answer as a Case Study in Current Christian Apologetics,"
Journal of Higher Criticism 8:1 (Spring, 2001) 18-40.

"Maria Atkinson and the Rise of Pentecostalism in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,"
Journal of Religion and Society 3 (2001)

"Religion and Human Rights: A Secular Humanist Perspective,"
The Journal of Intergroup Relations 26 (4, Winter 1999-2000) 33-48.

"Daniel 9:24-25 and Mesopotamian Temple Rededications,"
Journal of Biblical Literature 117 (3, 1998) 507-11.

"The Gospel of Lucas Gavilán as Postcolonial Biblical Exegesis,"
Semeia 75 (1996) 87-105. Actually appeared in 1998.

"A Ladino Version of the Targum of Ruth,"
Estudios Bíblicos 54 (2, 1996) 165-182.

"Ancient Medicine: In Case of Emergency, Contact Your Local Prophet,"
Bible Review 11 (June, 1995) 26-35, 48.
*Semi-popular journal with review by an editorial board.

"The Biblical Sources of Columbus's Libro de las profecías,"
Traditio 49 (1994) 331-335.

"The Comedic Function of the Enumerations of Officials and Instruments in Daniel 3,"
Catholic Biblical Quarterly 53 (4, 1991) 580-88.

"Exodus 22:9 and Akkadian Legal Formulae,"
Journal of Biblical Literature 109 (1, 1990) 116-17.


"Bethsaida in Light of the Study of Ancient Health Care,"
in Rami Arav and Richard Freund, eds. Bethsaida: A City by the North Shore of the Sea of Galilee. (Kirksville: Truman State University Press; 2004) 213-231.

"Violence in the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita,"
in Steve Rosen, ed., Holy War: Violence in the Bhagavad Gita. (Hampton, Virginia: Deepak Heritage Books, 2002. Duplicate version of my "J. of Vaishnava Studies" article cited above.

"Blindness," Epilepsy," "Illness and Health Care," "Leprosy,"
in D. N. Freedman, ed., Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000).

"Disability and Liturgy in Ancient and Modern Religious Traditions,"
in Nancy Eiesland and Don Saliers, eds., Human Disability and the Service of God : Reassessing Religious Practice (Nashville: Abingdon, 1998) 35-54.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, E. Meyers, ed., (5 volumes; New York: Oxford University Press, 1997) 3:450-459.

"Columbus as Biblical Exegete: A Study of the Libro de las profecías," in Religion in the Age of Exploration: The Case of Spain and New Spain, B. Le Beau and M. Mor, eds., (Omaha: Creighton University Press, 1996) 59-80.

"Evangelicalism," and "Protestantism,"
in The Latino Encyclopedia, Richard Chabrán and Rafael Chabrán, eds.,(6 volumes; New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1996) 560-563; 1307-1310 = respectively.

"The Ashipu and Asu Reconsidered,"
in Hugh R. Page, ed., Exploring New Paradigms in Biblical and Cognate Studies (Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 1996) 59-83.

"Legal and Social Institutions of Canaan and Ancient Israel,"
Civilizations of the Ancient Near East, J. Sasson, ed. (4 volumes; New York: Scribner's, 1995) Vol 1: 615-631.

"Animals," "Esau," "Goliath," "Medicine," and "Satan,"
for The Oxford Companion to the Bible (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).

"Arpad, " "Berothah," "Berothai," "Cun," "Ivvah," "Kadesh-on-the- Orontes," "Kue," "Sepharvaim," "Sibraim," and "Mt. Zaphon," in The Anchor Bible Dictionary (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1992).

"Heavenly Conflicts: The Bible and Astronomy,"
Mercury 27 (2, March/April, 1998) 20-24. The Journal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

"¿Se necesita de un dios para ser moral? El mito de la moralidad absoluta,"
Revista Peruana de Filosofía Aplicada 3 (8, 1997) 15-26.

"Can Science Prove that Prayer Works?"
Free Inquiry (Summer, 1997) 27-31.

"Kolumbuksen uskunnolliset vaikutimet,"
Vartija (3, 1993) 100-107 ("Columbus' Religious Motives," translated into Finnish by Heikki Räisänen).

"Mary at Medjugorje: A Critical Inquiry,"
Free Inquiry 14:2 (Spring, 1994) 48-54.

"The Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watchtower Society,"
Free Inquiry 12:2 (Spring, 1992) 28-31.

Bill T. Arnold and Bryan E. Beyer, eds., Readings from the Ancient Near East: Primary Sources for Old Testament Study (Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Academic, 2002) in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures Volume 4 (2002-2003); Peer reviewed Electronic Journal at OR

John Blanchard, Does God Believe in Atheists? (Auburn, Mass.: Evangelical Press, 2000) in Free Inquiry (fall, 2002) 69-70.

Robert North, Medicine in the Biblical Background and Other Essays on the Origins of Hebrew. Analecta Biblica 142. Rome: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 2000 in Review of Biblical Literature (2001):

José Vilchez Lindez, Rut y Ester (Nueva Biblia Española) Estella (Navarra, Editorial Nuevo Verbo, 1998) in Biblica 81 (2, 2000) 275-277.

John Wilkinson The Bible and Healing: A Medical and Theological Commentary, (Grand Rapids: Eerdman's, 1998) in Review of Biblical Literature (2000) 109-112.

Leo G. Perdue, Joseph Blenkinsopp, John J. Collins, and Carol Meyers, Families in Ancient Israel (Westminster/The John Knox Press,1997) in Journal of the American Oriental Society 119 (4, 1999)691-692.

William Ryan and Walter Pitman, Noah's Flood: The New Scientific
Discoveries about the Event that Changed History
(New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998) in Free Inquiry 20:1 (Winter, 1999/00) 63-64.

Michael Drosnin, The Bible Code (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997), in The Journal for the Critical Study of Religion. 3 (1, 1998). 67-70.

Eldin Villafañe,The Liberating Spirit: Toward an Hispanic Pentecostal Social Ethic (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993) in Journal of the American Academy of Religion 63 (4, 1995) 870-72.