The Bible for Grown-Ups (Hardcover)

A New Look at the Good Book

By Simon Loveday

Icon Books, 9781785781315, 320pp.

Publication Date: May 23, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/10/2018)
MP3 CD (11/13/2018)

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The Bible for Grown-Ups neither requires, nor rejects, belief. It sets out to help intelligent adults make sense of the Bible -- a book that is too large to swallow whole, yet too important in our history and culture to spit out.

Why do the creation stories in Genesis contradict each other? Did the Exodus really happen? Was King David a historical figure? Why is Matthew's account of the birth of Jesus so different from Luke's? Why was St Paul so rude about St Peter? Every Biblical author wrote for their own time, and their own audience. In short, nothing in the Bible is quite what it seems.

Literary critic Simon Loveday's book -- a labor of love that has taken over a decade to write -- is a thrilling read, for Christians and anyone else, which will overturn everything you thought you knew about the Good Book.

About the Author

Simon Loveday trained as an anthropologist and a literary critic, teaching at UEA and Oxford. He also edited the psychological journal Typeface and wrote The Romances of John Fowles. He now lectures at Keele University and lives in Wells, Somerset.