Hal W. French has taught on the Religious Studies faculty of the University of South Carolina since 1972. He has authored or edited eight books, mostly on Asian religion. His most recent book, Zen and the Art of Anything, illustrated by Marianne Rankin, was selected by the journal Spirituality and Health as one of the "Best Spiritual Books of 2001." A third edition was published in 2009 by Praxis International.
French says that Genesis in Japan is "an exciting adventure into cross-cultural communication. His task of teaching Biblical material to a class without a modicum of awareness of Biblical assumptions is daunting, but in his engaging, self-deprecatory fashion, he enters into his hearers’ world, and questions his own relation to the texts and to Christianity itself.”