Searching for a way to entice youth into reading the Bible, teacher and scholar Sébastien Doane, whose expertise and passion lies in biblical literature, reveals the strange and weird tales that comprise a good portion of biblical narratives: cannibals and zombies for sure, but also pregnant women combating seven-headed dragons, a ménages à trois, “gang bangs”, excrement strewn over peoples’ faces, and slaves owned by Christians.
But Doane does not just repeat biblical texts; he puts them into their historical and literary contexts, and offers personal reflections that connect the messages found in these passages to relevant contemporary issues in society. Intriguing and entertaining, the book also serves as a lesson in how to read the Bible, not through a literal sense, but by reading it from the moral, spiritual, and allegorical senses in which they were written. In the end, Doane helps readers to interact with the biblically bizarre, launching them into a quest to find meaning in our sacred texts.
About the author
Doane has a Masters in Biblical Studies, and is currently undertaking his doctoral studies in biblical theology at University of Laval. Doane’s passion for the Bible has led him to share his expertise, whether as a pastoral animator for secondary schools, producing catechetical videos, participating on radio with Radio Ville-Marie, or managing his own website, Interbible.