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A most peculiar book : the inherent strangeness of the Bible / Kristin Swenson.

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at Kenton County.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Covington Branch 220.6 S974m 2021 (Text) 33126024463774 New Adult Nonfiction Checked out 07/23/2021
Erlanger Branch 220.6 S974m 2021 (Text) 33126024899696 New Adult Nonfiction Checked out 07/12/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780190651732
  • ISBN: 0190651733
  • Physical Description: xviii, 261 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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 it for granted. The Bible many of us think we know is a pale imitation of the real thing. In 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. Rather 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.
Subject: Bible > Appreciation.
Bible > Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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