"The Bible and the social and moral consequences that derive from its interpretation are all too important to be left in the hands of the pious or the experts, and too significant to be ignored and trivialized by the uninformed and indifferent.
About the Author
Peter J. Gomes has been minister of Harvard University's Memorial Church since 1974, when he was appointed Pusey Minister of the church, and serves as Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. An American Baptist minister, he was named one of America's top preachers by Time magazine. He is the recipient of thirty-three honorary degrees and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, the University of Cambridge, England, where the Gomes Lectureship is established in his name.
"Easily the best contemporary book on the Bible for thoughtful people."
-The Right Reverend Lord Runcie, 102nd Archbishop of Canterbury
"Lively...offers a crash course in biblical literacy in a nuanced but easy-to-understand style."
"This is a reading not from the right or the left but from the living, loving heart of scripture."
-Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
“...Reflects Gomes’s great intelligence, open mind, humanity, wisdom, and struggle to understand the meaning of life and God’s word.”
-Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund
"...One of America's most compelling preachers ... a writer with flair and eloquence."
-Harvey Cox, author of Fire from Heaven
"A riveting tour of this holy book with the guide both witty and wise ... great work of scholarship and imagination."
-Henry Louis Gates, Jr.