Babel: Political Rhetoric of a Confused Legacy

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5.91 X 8.9 X 0.94 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Samuel L. Boyd is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies and in the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He studies the Hebrew Bible and the historical contexts of its production in the ancient Near East. Boyd also researches the reception of the Bible in religious communities from antiquity to the present. He has authored numerous articles in academic journals as well as popular writings in venues such as His first book, Language Contact, Colonial Administration, and the Construction of Identity in Ancient Israel, was published by Brill in the Harvard Semitic Monographs series.


Samuel Boyd's refreshing new study of the Tower of Babel, one of the literary jewels of the Bible, is astonishing in its scope and originality. It is a tour de force: a demonstration of how much interpretive novelty may still be achieved when all of a dynamic scholar's many areas of expertise are brought to bear on even the most familiar of texts. --Joel Baden, Yale Divinity School

It's rare that a scholar can navigate so deftly from the ancient settings of a biblical text's composition through the many stages of its reception, including our contemporary moment. But that is exactly what Samuel Boyd does in this absorbing and readable account of the Tower of Babel story. Moving among language, religion, politics, art, popular culture, and more, Babel accomplishes precisely what it intends: to explain the enduring influence of a biblical story and what that influence reveals about its many interpreters. This is a book for anyone interested in the Bible and its continued relevance. --Jeffrey Stackert, University of Chicago Divinity School