Return to Babel

About the Author

Priscilla Pope-Levison is a Dallas-based author & Associate Dean at Perkins School of Theology at SMU.

Jack and Priscilla Levison have co-edited three books together: Sex, Gender, and Christianity (Wipf & Stock, 2012), Return to Babel: Global Perspectives on the Bible (Westminster John Knox, 1999) and Jesus in Global Contexts (Westminster John Knox, 1992).

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“This volume gathers provocative and stimulating essays designed to open safe space for conversation about gender and sexuality in the lives of college students, for whom enduring models of patriarchal authority continue to be pitted against progressive forms of feminism. The contributors find creative and indirect methods to open this impasse, and classrooms will surely come alive with this little volume; a relevant student-centered education is elegantly unified with essays that have scholarly integrity.”

P. K. Steinfeld, Buena Vista University (reviewed in CHOICE, June 2013)

Return to Babel: Global Perspectives on the Bible

In Return to Babel, each of ten historically significant biblical texts is interpreted by three scholars: one Latin American, one African, and one Asian. Geographic locales range from a tiny village in the Philippines to the city of Nairobi, Kenya; from Gwangju, South Korea, with its one million inhabitants, to the frontier city of Wiwili in the northern mountains of Nicaragua. The result is a collection of essays that shed new light on familiar texts and make the reader aware of the ways in which culture can shape our understanding of Scripture.