Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bible Basics for Students from Kristin Swenson

BIBLE BABEL by Kristin SwensonBible Babel, from religious studies professor Kristin Swenson, is a lively and very readable introduction to the Bible—what's in it, where it comes from, and how it is reflected in our culture today. Without promoting any specific belief, Professor Swenson gives students the basics of the Old and New Testaments so they can understand arguments about the Bible, appreciate artistic and literary references, and interpret the scriptures for themselves.

Bible Babel is a breath of fresh air in the musty library of introductions to the Bible. Kristin Swenson’s writing is brisk and lively. She has an informed sense of everything relevant to the Bible, from source criticism to the archaeological record, as well as an apt perception of what goes on in the biblical texts themselves. Keenly aware of how the Bible gets into popular culture and is also often distorted by it, she is an engaging corrector of misconceptions and a helpful guide to the common reader.”
—Robert Alter, author of The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary

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