Notable: Swear on the Bible

Notable

Swear on the Bible

Whether you've actually read the entire Bible or just listened to people talk about it, these books offer useful commentary.

Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time (Harper) by Kristin Swenson, a professor of religious studies, covers the Bible's history from Hebrew manuscripts to WikiBible, plus often misquoted passages, translation issues and more, in an accessible, informed style.

The Bible: A Brief Insight (Sterling) by John Riches, part of the excellent, concise Brief Insight series on many subjects, is a scholarly but inviting look at the book's history and its complex cultural contexts.

God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says (Twelve) by Michael Coogan, editor of the New Oxford Annotated Bible, is chock-full of fascinating — and often surprising — analyses of the Bible on abortion, rape, homosexuality, polygamy and other sex-related matters.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: Swear on the Bible 09/25/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 25, 2010 5:30am]

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