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Lies, Sex and Politicians

Communicating the Old Testament in Contemporary Culture

Lies, Sex and Politicians

Communicating the Old Testament in Contemporary Culture

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334043409
Published: 01/08/2010

Lies Sex and Politicians connects what for many people seems like two different worlds: the world of the Old Testament and the world of the contemporary experience. 

Using examples as varied as celebrity magazines, reality TV shows, tabloid journalism and soap operas, John Holdsworth demonstrates how new methods of approach to the texts can open up surprising possibilities for reflection. 

The book will serve as a refreshing introduction to those who find the Old Testament strange and inaccessible, as well as providing fresh insight to those whose job it might be to interpret these texts for others. 

Written in a lively and contemporary style, Lies Sex and Politicians will prove useful for group study and private reflection, and help to recapture the Old Testament for contemporary Christian faith. 

John Holdsworth

The Venerable Dr John Holdsworth is a practitioner theologian, currently working as Executive Archdeacon of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. His research interests centre on the communication of the Bible in contemporary culture, in which field he has published a number of books and study guides.

'John Holdsworth manages to combine quality Old Testament scholarship with a very accessible style, drawing out links to a wealth of aspects of our contemporary culture – and including innovative suggestions for ways of exploring the material.' --
Clare Amos, Director of Theological Studies, Anglican Communion

‘John Holdsworth has the ability to expound the Old Testament’s relevance to our world in an accessible, readable, and insightful way. This is theology at its best – seeing events in our world and relating them to God.’ -- Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales

‘This is the Old Testament at its most talkative and fascinating!  If only all clergy taught their congregations this way.  With deft illustrations and brilliant contemporary parallels John Holdsworth lets the old stories breath again.  The culture of today and the world of the Old Testament may seem miles apart; read this book and think again.’ -- John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford