Everyday Biblical Literacy: The Essential Guide to Biblical Allusions in Art, Literature, and Life

Everyday Biblical Literacy: The Essential Guide to Biblical Allusions in Art, Literature, and Life

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by J. Stephen Lang
     
 

What do we mean when we call a woman a Jezebel? What exactly was a scapegoat? Why was a fast-and-furious driver called Jehu? In a more literate (and Bible-conscious) age, most people knew the source of these and hundreds of other names, phrases, and images. Artists and writers could assume their audiences would understand references to biblical people and events.

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Overview

What do we mean when we call a woman a Jezebel? What exactly was a scapegoat? Why was a fast-and-furious driver called Jehu? In a more literate (and Bible-conscious) age, most people knew the source of these and hundreds of other names, phrases, and images. Artists and writers could assume their audiences would understand references to biblical people and events. Today, some of those meanings are lost. Everyday Biblical Literacy fills that gap in knowledge.

The text discusses the most important names, places, images, events, and phrases of the Bible and looks at how each subject has been presented culturally in art, music, and literature. The reader not only gets a guided tour of biblical history, but also a renewed appreciation for words, phrases, art, and music that have been influenced by the Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435118713
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
09/11/2009
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

J. Stephen Lang is the author of thirty books, including the recent The Bible on the Big Screen and the best-selling Complete Book of Bible Trivia. He holds an M.A. from Wheaton College and lives in Seminole, Florida. His books together have sold about 1.2 million copies.

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