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Based on the most recent scholarship, Bible Babel is a lively and very readable introduction to the Bible—what it is, where it comes from, and what's in it.
Why does the film Magnolia end in a downpour of frogs?
Is the serpent in the Garden of Eden the devil or just a snake?
How do people use the Bible to argue different sides of today's most controversial issues?
Who is the "queen of heaven"?
While watching The Ten Commandments, why did Metallica's bass player think, "Whoa, it's like creeping death!" thus naming a hit song?
Where does the fish symbol of the Christian faith come from?
Is there a "best" translation?
Who is the lamb with seven horns and seven eyes, who opens the seven seals of a cosmic scroll?
The Bible informs much of our culture, but most people know little about the book itself. In this intelligent yet humorous and highly accessible guide, religious studies professor Kristin Swenson answers the above questions and more as she provides readers with basic biblical literacy. Swenson incorporates contemporary pop references—from Wall-E to Battlestar Galactica to rock music and more—with the latest findings of biblical scholarship to offer contextual understanding of the Bible's often complex, ambiguous, and seemingly contradictory texts. Her engaging and illuminating book does not aim to convert readers nor undermine their beliefs, but to offer basic knowledge needed to comprehend arguments and answer vexing questions about the Bible, appreciate artistic and literary references, and interpret the most talked about book of all time for themselves.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In discussing both the Old and New Testaments in one volume, bringing together examples from many versions and translations of both, Ms. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Barbara Lipkin
I just finished this book and before I say what I thought of it I will give a bit of back ground about me because with these types of sensitive subjects people usually like to know... Read morePublished 4 months ago by madyson
Bought this after an interesting presentation by the author. Did not get very far in actually reading it. Will probably pick it up again later.Published 4 months ago by Dizzyliz
1. That the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.
2. That God is real and is still at work in the world today.
3. That prophecies in the Bible (foretelling Jesus, etc. Read more
This book is great for both the believer and non-believer. It does a great job of going over the who, what, when, where and whys of the bible without being preachy or... Read morePublished 19 months ago by S. Barber
I am 65 years old and have never read the bible until now. I recently joined a bible study group and one of the members recommended that I take a look at this book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by George E. Love
This book contains great background information on the Bible for the religious and non-religious. So many people today spouting religious or non-religious beliefs know nothing... Read morePublished 23 months ago by M. Sabo
I have given several copies of this as gifts to people who study the Bible and they all like it.
This is not a religious work,it is the work of a scholar who is explaining... Read more
A sort of beginner's guide to the various Bibles out there - with some background of how the different versions and translations came to be. Read morePublished on July 19, 2011 by Fred Askew