Take the Bible into Your Own Hands
So many people read the bible for regular guidance in their lives, yet they are often told not to question what is contained in it. For having such a central role, it seems reasonable to be able to engage it as we do an honest friend. For instance, have you ever wondered about some of the stories in the bible that seem okay with violence or the way women are talked about in many places?
Permission Granted takes a look at 12 general topics in the bible and leads you through an engagement with them. Consider yourself to have permission to think about these issues for yourself.
Table of Contents:
2 Two Creation Stories and Other Myths?
3 What Really Happened in the Garden?
4 Sex: Who, What, and Why?
5 Violence: The Language Everyone Understands
6 Cover-Ups and Other Edited Stories
7 Biblical Women: Silent Submissive Baby Makers?
8 Born of a Virgin?
9 Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?
10 Was Paul the First Christian?
11 The Apocalypse Is ... Not Coming
12 Now What?
“This is not the only book of its kind, but, to my mind, it is the best of itskind. Unusual for a work of biblical scholarship, [Permission Granted] has the potential to transform non-academic lives.”
~ Stephen Moore, Edmund S Janes Professor of New Testament Studies, The Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion, Drew University
"I've been waiting for years for this type of book to be published."
~ Andrew Mails,
"Jennifer Bird has written an accessible, encouraging, and enlightening guide to understanding the Bible better. For those who love the Bible but have serious questions about it, Permission Granted offers information, fellowship, and ultimately the freedom learn and explore without fear. This is a winsome yet challenging read that made me love the Bible all the more."
~ Rachel Held Evans, author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Searching for Sunday.
"This is one of the best, most freeing, most enlightening books on the Bible I have ever read."
~ Amazon Reviewer
"Permission Granted is an excellent reentry point for honest, adult engagement with the bible, whether you have been touched by it or burned by it (or both). This book is passionate without sacrificing compassion, academically informed, but more widely accessible. Jennifer Bird's voice is a unique and important one: warm and witty, sage and occasionally snarky, but ultimately deeply reflective and profoundly serious about the troubles many people have with the bible and how it is used by people today."
~ Joseph Marchal, PhD, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Ball State University
"I have read her intro and first two chapters. She's good. Her style is lively. She knows how to write for a general audience. She combines a "how to" approach with significant substance. And she writes from the experience of growing up with a much more "conservative" understanding of the Bible.
Marcus Borg, bestselling author of Reading the Bible Again for the First Time and The Heart of Christianity
Beautiful, wise and strong.
Jennfer Hancock Gattis, PhD Candidate in Church History, William & Mary
Love, love, love reading her work. Makes even this old woman think about things differently.
Barbara Boggs, Roanoke, Virginia
My perspective has certainly been impacted by her inspiring work!
Teri Hammer, Greensboro, North Carolina