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The Writing on the Wall: High Art, Popular Culture and the Bible Hardcover – 24 Jun 2010

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (24 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340980036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340980033
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,120,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is no mean feat ... a treasure trove ... extremely readable. (Evangelicals Now)

Written in a lively and readable style by the multi-talented Dawn...certain to open up her writing to a whole new audience. (Church Times)

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In early 2009, the then poet laureate, Andrew Motion gave an interview in the Guardian in which he lamented the pervasive ignorance about the Bible. He made it quite clear that he is not a believer; he is merely concerned about biblical illiteracy for cultural reasons. For such ignorance effectively closes the shutters on swathes of English literature, not to mention generations of western creativity. Consequently he calls on schools to teach the Bible with far greater rigour. That this is needed is not in doubt (as CODEC's recent research in Durham demonstrates). Maggi Dawn's new book, The Writing on the Wall, is one positive and timely response to this need, coming as it does in time for next year's 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

Maggi is both an accomplished professional musician and theologian - and she's now a Cambridge college chaplain. As a result, she is eminently qualified to write a book designed to introduce people to the biblical moorings and roots of western culture. As she says in the preface, it comes as the result of undergraduates knocking on her door to ask about various biblical allusions. Her aim is thus to offer an all-too-brief introduction to the bible's impact. This is clearly ambitious! After all, how on earth do you do justice in 240 pages (with nicely spaced text) to a complex and ancient anthology (with 1500 double-columned and densely spaced pages)? And that's before you even begin to think about 2000 years of cultural influences and trends. But she makes a really good stab at it - readable, informative, and, occasionally very illuminating. She covers the ground succinctly, from Genesis to Revelation, focusing a few pages on each major development or biblical genre.
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My favourite author, and an excellent review of how bible stories have influenced drama and all of culture. This should be read by everyone.
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Hard to take seriously a book that claims "most epic poems were written in rhyming couplets" and misinterprets Millet's 'Angelus' simply because the author - an expert in her field? - hasn't come across the bell that was rung every evening in Catholic churches in France to alert those working in the fields it was time to participate in the Angelus prayer.
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This book was recommended to me, as a "must read". However I was disappointed with the content.
The book is well written and very readable, but the content is lacking in originality and is more of an agregated compilation of how certian stories have been used in the past.
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