I enjoy reading the Bible for prayer and reflection, and often turn to its texts for reference and for inspiration when I’m working on a new manuscript or revising a work in progress. Two copies of Kristin Swenson’s BIBLE BABEL are shelved within easy reach – one in my office, the other in our family library – because her book is a friendly, insightful companion for deeper study. Who better than Dr. Swenson, then, to explore the roles and portrayals of women in the Bible? – Gigi
Gigi Amateau: Kristin, you wrote BIBLE BABEL in such a conversational, engaging style! In it, you suggest that the Bible endures because it invites readers to bring their own family histories, faith traditions, and cultural experiences to the texts. So, the Bible itself doesn’t change but people are always changing?
Kristin Swenson: Thank you, Gigi, for inviting me to chat like this! It’s impossible to exhaust possibilities for talking about — and with — the Bible. Certainly part of that is because the qualities that inform our interpretations — what we know and think and believe — are dynamic. Plus, the Bible is constantly in conversation with our culture not only on political issues (for which people use the Bible to argue both sides!) but also in creative endeavors — art, music, literature…~ read more ~