"The Bible...is a locked treasure for those unfamiliar with the Scriptures....Beal offers a key with his accessible guide." -Cleveland Plain Dealer
"With skill and insight, Timothy Beal has given us a great gift: a lucid and engaging introduction to the most important book ever published." -Jon Meacham, author of American Lion, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
In the tradition of Stephen Prothero's Religious Literacy, and with the deftness of Bill Bryson's Mother Tongue, Timothy Beal's Biblical Literacy is a one-stop course in the Bible passages and background information that everyone needs to know to navigate our nuanced cultural landscape-from devout believers to decided atheists, average citizens to pop-culture aficionados. Like Religion in America, Religion and its Monsters, and other of his highly acclaimed books, Beal's Biblical Literacy is a must-have handbook for understanding today's world.