Bible Babel

Bible Babel

Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time

Book - 2010
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"Kristin Swenson offers a confident, well-paced, well-informed, and accessible guide to Bible basics and biblical literacy." -- Walter Brueggemann, author of An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible

Bible Babel, from author and religious studies professor Kristin Swenson, is a lively, humorous, and very readable introduction to the Bible--what's in it, where it comes from, and how it is used in our culture today. If you've ever wondered about the origin of the Christian fish symbol; the history of the Good Book; how the Bible weighs in on contemporary political issues; or even the biblical source of pop-culture references in WALL-E or Battlestar Galatica, then this is the book for you. Readers of A. J. Jacobs's Year of Living Biblically and David Plotz's Good Book will enjoy Bible Babel, a perfect primer for anyone interested in the Bible--secular and believing alike.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061728297
Branch Call Number: 220 .61 SWE
Characteristics: xix, 343 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm

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unbalancedbutfair Sep 26, 2012

I gave it 4 stars but I'd really like to give 3.75 stars. On the one hand the author tries, and for the most part succeeds, in writing a book about the Bible that can be read regardless of where you stand on religion. That's very important. Perhaps she tries a bit too hard to weave in modern pop culture references and her notes are...less than useful but the aim of the book is a good one. Her own biases do bleed in, and there are points where too much is made of subtleties but the book tries to be fair. So that you can understand how other groups view this book and to give some idea to the complexity of it. For that alone it is worth reading. If nothing else she tries to raise the level of "biblical literacy" and the tone in which these discussions occur. That alone is laudable and important.

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