Biblical Literacy: The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know

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Everything You Need to KnowAbout the Bible?s Most Important Stories.

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Overview

Everything You Need to KnowAbout the Bible’s Most Important Stories.

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Editorial Reviews

Bookpage
“Beal… makes a well-stated case that a knowledge of the Bible is essential to understanding our culture. His book will serve as a handy first step toward that goal-- especially for the reader who may feel intimidated by ‘the boring bits.’”
United Methodist Reporter
“Whether you believe in it or not, you need to know the Bible, says Timothy K. Beal. In his new book, Biblical Literacy: The Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know (HarperOne), he introduces readers to key biblical passages and their cultural significance.”
Religion News Service
“Beal, who compiled need-to-know Bible stories in his new book, ‘Biblical Literacy,’ talks about how these Sunday school stories are ingrained in pop culture. They are making appearances at your dinner parties, in your favorite music and in a theater near you.”
Interfaith Voices
“In his new book, Beal makes a case for reading, and yes, enjoying, the Bible.”
The News-Herald
“A fun and refreshing reference that gives a fresh look at Bible stories many people thought they knew.”
United Methodist Reporter
“In his new book, Biblical Literacy, he introduces readers to key biblical passages and their cultural significance.”
Interfaith Voices
“Beal makes a case for reading, and yes, enjoying, the Bible.”
The News-Herald
“A fun and refreshing reference that gives a fresh look at Bible stories many people thought they knew.”
Bookpage
“Beal… makes a well-stated case that a knowledge of the Bible is essential to understanding our culture. His book will serve as a handy first step toward that goal-- especially for the reader who may feel intimidated by ‘the boring bits.’”
Religion News Service
“Beal, who compiled need-to-know Bible stories in his new book, Biblical Literacy, talks about how these Sunday school stories are ingrained in pop culture. They are making appearances at your dinner parties, in your favorite music and in a theater near you.”
Walter Brueggemann
“Tim Beal has written about the rich, thick connections between the Bible and popular culture . . . In a society of deep and dangerous disconnects, the connects of this book serve exceedingly well.”
Jon Meacham
“With skill and insight, Timothy Beal has given us a great gift: a lucid and engaging introduction to the most important book ever published.”
Harvey Cox
“No book has shaped more culture, value and meaning [than the Bible]. Beal skillfully retells key biblical narratives but also cogently relates them to significant events in history. This is a readable, informative and timely book.”
Bart D. Ehrman
“For those who are approaching the Bible for the first time . . . there is no better place to turn than Timothy Beal’s Biblical Literacy. Here you will find numerous gems of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, along with pithy, helpful, and at times even witty, introductions.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061718625
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Beal is Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University. He has published ten books as well as essays on religion and American culture for the New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, and The Plain Dealer.

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

    Much needed to my library and yours

    Beal's latest book is a wonderfully insightful read that will keep you thinking and laughing long after you close the cover. Not only for people of faith, this book will open your eyes to how biblical texts are used throughout culture. The "asides" add to one's cultural education - a must for anyone who desires to be relevant. Beal is an excellent writer who will engage your brain and your soul.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    Very Useful for Basic Bible Intro

    We are using Beal's book for an introductory Sunday School course on Bible basics for 7-12 high school kids. I find his approach very non-threatning to those without a working knowledge of scripture. His encouragement to discover the Bible's content and meaning for yourself is crucial to anyone seeking knowledge and personal faith.

    While some may criticize the missing dogma, I believe it is a strength to allow students to decide for themselves and Beal encourages readers to reach their own conclusions. Furthermore, those who wish to inject doctrine/interpretation are free to do so.

    We find the passages chosen for study to sometimes differ from those we would select. However, the book's structure clearly allows us to substitute our own choices, posing questions similar to those the author would raise had he included them. No continuity is sacrificed.

    On balance, the book provides an open door to approaching the Bible with the added benefit of setting a positive climate where students are comfortable raising individual queeries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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