If you are looking for heavy theology, biblical studies that run the same course as most,
an inspirational book full of heart warming but meaningless statements, don't buy this book.
But, if you want the most enjoyable religiously educational trip of a lifetime, buy
two—one to read and one or maybe two to give as gifts. I might even suggest giving one
to the white bearded professor of theology who thrust us through the tedious and confusing
Biblical Interpretation course in college. At least that's where one of the books I bought is
headed. Though I love the man dearly, his teaching style in cemetery, I mean seminary, was
akin to having teeth pulled without gas. I would almost be willing to go back to seminary if
I could be guaranteed a professor like Kristin Swenson. I teach biblical studies in college,
but I must admit I have fallen way short of the style of Kristin.
This book is more than a pleasure to read. It's out and out delightful and will be one I
visit again and again. Though it's probably not designed for a theologian, I recommend every
theologian read it. I learned and laughed all the way through. Bible Babel is a
suitable read for the well versed in theology, for the initiates, for the lay, for
anyone—even those not interested in religious pursuits. There is history, humor,
etymology of words and phrases, misunderstandings and clarifications, and precise story telling,
all told within the context of conversational pop culture setting and language. Lot's wife
turned into a pillar of salt, but did you know the wife of an adult Bible student turned into
a telephone pole? What do Milton, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, and the Gershwin brothers have
in common with the Bible and each other? Not going to tell you, but look on page 171. I have a
feeling I'll get to teach Biblical Interpretation again after my white bearded old friend reads
this book. And I bet I'll get to use this book as the text. And I'll also bet the students will
come away with a greater appreciation of religious studies. Extremely well done!