Good Book The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible (Hardcover)
|Author: David Plotz|
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|Like many Jews and Christians, David Plotz long assumed he knew what was in the Bible. He read parts of it as a child in Hebrew school, then at-tended a Christian high school where he studied the Old and New Testaments. Many of the highlights stuck with him—Adam and Eve, Cain versus Abel, Jacob versus Esau, Jonah versus whale, forty days and nights, ten plagues and commandments, twelve tribes and apostles, Red Sea walked under, Galilee walked on, bush into fire, rock into water, water into wine. And, of course, he absorbed from all around him other bits of the Bible—from stories he heard in churches and synagogues, in movies and on television, from his parents and teachers. But it wasn't until he picked up a Bible at a cousin's bat mitzvah—and became engrossed and horrified by a lesser-known story in Genesis—that he couldn't put it down.
At a time when wars are fought over scriptural interpretation, when the influence of religion on American politics has never been greater, when many Americans still believe in the Bible's literal truth, it has never been more important to get to know the Bible. Good Book is what happens when a regular guy—an average Job—actually reads the book on which his religion, his culture, and his world are based. Along the way, he grapples with the most profound theological questions: How many commandments do we actually need? Does God prefer obedience or good deeds? And the most unexpected ones: Why are so many women in the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald men so much? Is Samson really that stupid?
Good Book is an irreverent, enthralling journey through the world's most important work of literature.
From the Publisher:
A whimsical and irreverent tour of the bible as read by an award-winning journalist traces his mixed-heritage education, his discovery of lesser-known stories from the Old and New Testaments, and the theological conundrums he explored throughout his reading.
David Plotz tells what happened when he decided to take an unguided tour through what many consider to be the central text of Western civilization. Plotz chose to read the entire Bible all the way through, all by himself, and the experience stirred up a number of questions and insights. What comes across here is Plotz's earnestness and his fresh, and sometimes brash, encounter with a revered text. In the end, Plotz discovers for himself that the Bible is a living, and still relevant, book.