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A Most Peculiar Book: The Inherent Strangeness of the Bible

Kristin Swenson


The Bible, we are constantly reminded, is the bestselling book of all time. It is read with intense devotion by hundreds of millions of people, stands as authoritative text for Judaism and Christianity, and informs and affects the politics and lives of the religious and nonreligious around the world. But how well do we really know it? The Bible is so familiar, so ubiquitous that we take our knowledge of it for granted. Yet in some cases, the Bible we think we know is a pale imitation of the real thing. This book addresses the dirty little secret of biblical studies—that the Bible is a weird bo ... More

Keywords: Bible, Judaism, Christianity, Jesus, biblical studies, ancient stories, poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190651732
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190651732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristin Swenson, author
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University