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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.
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 8 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 12 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 13 months ago by M. Sabo
G'day; as you can probably guess I'm from the land down under. I ordered this book online and I must say Amazon is a pleasure to deal with. Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by Ogi
More informative and intelligent than Ken Davis' "Don't Know Much About the Bible". Excellent job of explaining the origins of the Bible, the culture of the original audience, and... Read morePublished on October 31, 2010 by gharshman
This fine book will update all but the most well informed students of the Bible. It is approachable and easy to read. A favorite. - Robert GriswoldPublished on July 19, 2010 by R. Griswold
A very readable book that gives an overview of the content of the Bible and discusses how it continues to influence many aspects of our culture. Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by gaylelbf
Professor Swenson presents possibly the best researched information in the funniest, most readable, most interesting format that I have ever run into. Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by Kenneth W. Lawrence