Bible Babel : Making Sense of the Most Talked about Book of All Time

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  • Copyright: 3/1/2011
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial

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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? Why did Metallica's bass player name their song "Creeping Death" after watching The Ten Commandments? Where does the fish symbol of the Christian faith come from? Who is the lamb with seven horns and seven eyes who opens the seven seals of a cosmic scroll? Without either promoting or undermining specific beliefs, religious studies professor Kristin Swenson offers an intelligent, humorous, highly accessible, engaging, and illuminating guide to the Bible--incorporating biblical scholarship with contemporary pop culture references to help readers better understand the most talked about book of all time.

Author Biography

Kristin Swenson teaches religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her books include Living Through Pain: Psalms and the Search for Wholeness and What Is Religious Studies?.

Table of Contents

Map of the Ancient Near East, with Israelp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
What Is the Bible, Anyway?p. 1
Different Bibles and a Hidden Bible, Toop. 11
As It Is Written: History in the Biblep. 22
Contexts and Culture: History behind the Biblep. 31
Getting to the Good Book: History of the Biblep. 42
What's the Best Translation?p. 53
We've Got Issuesp. 75
Quotes and Misquotesp. 99
Men, Famous and Infamousp. 128
Lovely (and Not So) Ladiesp. 161
Flora, Fauna, Etceterap. 187
Sites to Be Seenp. 217
God Names, Beings, and Doingsp. 247
Conclusionp. 269
Order of Books in the Hebrew Bible and in the Old Testamentp. 272
Order of Books in the New Testamentp. 274
Timeline of Some History in and behind the Biblep. 275
A Tentative Chronology of Hebrew Bible Writingsp. 276
Major Events in New Testament Historyp. 278
Abraham's Family Tree (Genesis)p. 280
Abbreviations for Biblical Booksp. 282
Resources for More Informationp. 283
Notesp. 286
Indexp. 325
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