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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.
Growing up, I was part of a church called the Bible Students. We studied the Bible every Sunday and every Wednesday evening. Read morePublished 16 days ago by D. M. Prum
In discussing both the Old and New Testaments in one volume, bringing together examples from many versions and translations of both, Ms. Read morePublished 16 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 17 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 18 months ago by Dizzyliz
And, there was lots of extraneous material. I mean, who cares what bible references contemporary pop performers have used? Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dan
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 on April 1, 2013 by S. Barber