|Published:||April 1st 2018 by NewSouth|
‘STUNNING, REFRESHING AND ORIGINAL’ JULIA BAIRD Koby Abberton emerges like a shark on to the sand at Maroubra Beach.
Tattooed from shoulder to shoulder, his body bares letters like teeth: ‘My brothers keeper’. In this surprising and revelatory history of the Bible in Australia, Meredith Lake gets under the skin of a text that’s been read, wrestled with, preached and tattooed, and believed to be everything from a resented imposition to the very Word of God.The Bible in Australia explores how in the hands of Bible-bashers, immigrants, suffragists, evangelists, unionists, writers, artists and Indigenous Australians, the Bible has played a contested but defining role in this country. "Vivid story-telling and impossible to put down. Meredith Lake brings the Bible’s chameleon-like presence in Australia’s past alive. At last, this long-neglected yet profoundly important aspect of Australian history has found its true historian. A remarkable achievement." – Mark McKenna "From the opening words about Bra Boy tattoos, this book had me gripped. It breathes colour, poetry and life into our understanding of the Bible in Australia. A vital, much-needed addition to our understanding of faith in our country." – Julia Baird