Phillip McCarty’s new book ‘And God Said, ‘Let’s Babel’’ to be featured at the 2013 LA Times Festival of Books

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Bible scholar explores new ideas about the cross-cultural scope of the Bible.

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Studying the Bible with his idea of a cross-cultural message as a lens, McCarty has crafted an intriguing, academic argument. But his book also has an inspirational purpose.

In his new book “And God Said, “Let’s Babel”: The Bible as Cross-Cultural Communication” (published by iUniverse), which will be featured at the 2013 LA Times Festival of Books, author and religious scholar Phillip McCarty pulls as much from his expertise as from his faith in God’s love to present his ideas on the Bible.

“And God Said, “Let’s Babel”” begins by examining evidence supporting McCarty’s claim that the Bible is a cross-cultural book. He then uses what he calls the “rules of communication” to show how the Bible communicates cross-culturally. Finally, McCarty ties in all of his ideas, bringing them together to make them practical for readers.

McCarty is a religious/Bible scholar, having studied extensively and earning advanced degrees in multiple subjects pertaining to religion, Christianity and the Bible. But, according to him, his book takes religious studies toward new discoveries and ideas.

“It struck me that the Bible really is a multicultural book, and is designed to speak cross-culturally,” he says about his studies and his inspiration for “And God Said, “Let’s Babel”” “This is something that I had not heard stressed in other classes, or made prominent as I read other books. The more I researched the topic, the more the book came into being.”

Studying the Bible with his idea of a cross-cultural message as a lens, McCarty has crafted an intriguing, academic argument. But his book also has an inspirational purpose. “I want readers to understand that God cares about them in the culture in which they live,” he says. “God did not simply speak to one nation, several thousand years ago. God is speaking today, to all nations and cultures, directly to individuals who are important to God.”

“And God Said, “Let’s Babel””
By Philip McCarty
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 136 pages | ISBN 9781475965599
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 136 pages | ISBN 9781475965582
E-Book | 136 pages | ISBN 9781475965605
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Philip McCarty earned a B.A. in Bible and a bachelor’s degree in religious education in pastoral studies from Tennessee Temple University, as well as a master’s degree in Christian thought from Bethel Seminary. He is the author of two other books and has been teaching Bible and theology for over 25 years. He currently resides in Columbia, Mo.

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