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"This amazing book will make you see the Scriptures in a new light. Beal shows us that the origins of the Bible are messy and shaped by chance, but also that the Bible still can move us and needs to be taken seriously . Thou shalt read Beal."
--A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically
"Beal's exciting book offers both fascinating history and a new and insightful way to approach the 'sacred text'."
--John Shelby Spong, author of Eternal Life: A New Vision
--Bruce Chilton, author of Rabbi Jesus
" Partly autobiography, partly social scientific research, partly shrewd discernment, and partly theological interpretation, Tim Beal has written a zinger of a book about the cultural history of the Bible. This welcome and important book will cause a pause before we make glib claims for "the Word of the Lord."
--Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity
"Remarkably accessible...Beal is more than just a debunker; in fact, once evangelical, he still considers himself a Christian. He exhorts readers to see the Bible not as a book of finite answers but as a crucible of questions that provoke, inspire, and even anger those who pick it up. The same might be said about his own book."
--STARRED review, Booklist "Well-written and engaging...A laudable look at the Good Book."