Other Works


Thumpin' It Thumpin’ It: The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Today’s Presidential Politics (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007).

“This is a very smart, funny, and insightful account of the way in which the Bible and its authority are often invoked in American politics.

- Books & Culture



The Secular Bible The Secular Bible: Why Nonbelievers Must Take Religion Seriously (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

It is rare to find a well-researched scholarly book written with such jumpy energy and serious humor.”

- Journal of the American Academy of Religion




Heresy in the University Heresy in the University: The Black Athena Controversy and the Responsibilities of American Intellectuals (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1999).

Berlinerblau’s ability to integrate far-reaching serious scholarly and ethical issues within the substantive content of the Black Athena debate is impressive.

- Molly Myerowitz Levine, Howard University



Vow and the Popular Religious Groups of Ancient Israel Vow and the Popular Religious Groups of: A Philological and Sociological Inquiry (Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996).

Considering that Berlinerblau’s treatment of the vow is largely theoretical, he is to be complimented on the lucidity and penetration of his study.

- Journal of the American Oriental Society


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    A rousing defense of America’s secular roots as our nation’s best way to protect freedom of—and from—religion
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