A most peculiar book. The inherent strangeness of the Bible. (Book, 2021) [WorldCat.org]
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A most peculiar book. The inherent strangeness of the Bible.

Author: Kristin Swenson
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press 2021.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Bible, we are constantly reminded, is the best-selling book of all time. It is read with intense devotion by hundreds of millions of people, stands as authoritative for Judaism and Christianity, and informs and affects the politics and lives of the religious and non-religious around the world. But how well do we really know it? The Bible is so familiar, so ubiquitous that we have begun to take our knowledge of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kristin Swenson
ISBN: 9780190651732 0190651733
OCLC Number: 1249751352
Description: 288 p.
Contents: AcknowledgmentsIntroduction Chapter 1 - A Problematic BookChapter 2 - GodChapter 3 - Angels, Demons, and a Talking AssChapter 4 - Good People Behaving BadlyChapter 5 - Impossibilities, NormalizedChapter 6 - Misconception, MisapprehensionsChapter 7 - And General BefuddlementsChapter 8 - Arguments Behind Closed DoorsChapter 9 - Biblical (Im)moralityChapter 10 - But in the Original...Chapter 11 - The Perennial BestsellerChapter 12 - Ten Commandments for [Best Word Here] the BibleIn Conclusion, Sola ScriputraNotesIndex
Responsibility: Kristin Swenson.

Abstract:

The Bible, we are constantly reminded, is the best-selling book of all time. It is read with intense devotion by hundreds of millions of people, stands as authoritative for Judaism and Christianity, and informs and affects the politics and lives of the religious and non-religious around the world. But how well do we really know it? The Bible is so familiar, so ubiquitous that we have begun to take our knowledge of it for granted. The Bible many of us think we know is a pale imitation of the real thing.0In A Most Peculiar Book, Kristin Swenson addresses the dirty little secret of biblical studies - that the Bible is a weird book. It is full of surprises and contradictions, unexplained impossibilities, intriguing supernatural creatures, and heroes doing horrible deeds. It does not provide a simple worldview: what "the Bible says" on a given topic is multi-faceted, sometimes even contradictory. Yet, Swenson argues, we have a tendency to reduce the complexities of the Bible to aphorisms, bumper stickers, and slogans. Swenson helps readers look at the text with fresh eyes. A collection of ancient stories and poetry written by multiple authors, held together by the tenuous string of tradition, the Bible often undermines our modern assumptions. And is all the more marvelous and powerful for it.0Rather than dismiss the Bible as an outlandish or irrelevant relic of antiquity, Swenson leans into the messiness full-throttle. Making ample room for discomfort, wonder, and weirdness, A Most Peculiar Book guides readers through a Bible that will feel, to many, brand new.

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a remarkable piece of work ... Do read this book, generously and openmindedly. You will not regret it. * Nicholas King SJ, The Way * Writing in an engaging style and with a palpable love of Read more...

 
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