Criticism, interpretation, etc
Dec 1, 2012 — "Ours is not a bloodline, but a text line," say father-daughter author team Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger. Their new book, Jews And Words, explores the significance of text in the Jewish tradition. "For thousands of years, we Jews had nothing but books," Oz says. "They became part of the family life."
Mar 15, 2012 — In Revelations, Elaine Pagels explores the New Testament's controversial book. It debuts at No. 5.
Mar 7, 2012 — Princeton religious scholar Elaine Pagels puts the tales of death and destruction from the New Testament's final book into historical context in Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of How to Read the Bible by Marc Z. Brettler. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 12, 2010 — The New Testament contains multiple versions of the life and teachings of Jesus. Bart Ehrman, the author of Jesus, Interrupted,, says they are at odds with each other on important points regarding the life, death and divinity of Jesus.
Mar 10, 2009 — The Bible has been described in many ways, and now Slate.com editor David Plotz has a few more adjectives to add to the list. Plotz talks about his new book, Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible.
Mar 4, 2009 — Bible scholar Bart Ehrman says the Gospels are at odds with each other on important points regarding the life, death and divinity of Jesus.
Mar 20, 2008 — Today, as Christians around the world commemorate Good Friday, Christian scholar and former priest John Dominic Crossan joins Fresh Air to discuss the historical Jesus, the role of crucifixion in antiquity, and the beginnings of Christianity.
Oct 8, 2007 — He spent a year reading the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica and writing The Know-It-All, an account of what he learned. Now he's accomplished another annually retentive feat: The Year of Living Biblically chronicles A.J. Jacobs' attempt to follow every rule in the Bible.
Mar 14, 2007 — Religion scholars Elaine Pagels and Karen King's new book, Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity, interprets and translates the recently discovered gnostic gospel of Judas.