Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible

By David Plotz

At a time while wars are fought over scriptural interpretation, whilst the impact of faith on American politics hasn't ever been higher, while many americans nonetheless think within the Bible’s literal fact, it hasn't ever been extra vital to get to understand the Bible. Good Book is what occurs while a typical guy—an ordinary Job—actually reads the e-book on which his faith, his tradition, and his international are dependent. alongside the way in which, he grapples with the main profound theological questions: what number commandments will we really need? Does God want obedience or sturdy deeds? And the main unforeseen ones: Why are such a lot of girls within the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald males quite a bit? Is Samson relatively that silly?

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177 thirteen. The e-book of Isaiah: The Jesus Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 14. The booklet of Jeremiah: The Prophet and the Lustful She-Camel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201 15. The e-book of Ezekiel: God’s Whole-Grain Hippie Prophet . . . 209 sixteen. The Minor Prophets: All these Books You’ve by no means Heard Of, Plus Jonah and the Whale . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 17. The e-book of Psalms: a hundred and fifty brief Poems approximately God . . . . . . . . . 229 18. The ebook of Proverbs: fowl Soup for the Hebrew Soul . . 241 19. The booklet of activity: God’s undesirable guess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247 20. The track of Songs: scorching and Holy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259 21. The booklet of Ruth: My favourite Bible tale . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 22. The Books of Lamentations and Ecclesiastes: Bible Books for Rock Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269 23. The ebook of Esther: the 1st omit Universe festival . . . . . 275 24. The booklet of Daniel: great tom cat! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283 25. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah: Coming domestic. . . . . . . . . 289 26. The Books of one and a couple of Chronicles: go back of the Kings . . . . . 295 27. in case you learn the Bible? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299 Appendix: necessary (and now not So priceless) Bible Lists. . . . . . . . . . . . 307 Ac be aware of ledg ments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321 in regards to the writer credit conceal Copyright concerning the writer creation initially ’ve regularly been a proud Jew, yet by no means a truly observant one. i think in God, yet in basic terms in a please-please- desperation- prayer type of method. I say the Lord’s identify in basic terms to take it in useless. I don’t have the other gods prior to Him, yet usually simply because I haven’t searched for any. I not often take note the Sabbath day, and not continue it holy. i'm going to the synagogue approximately as often—and with approximately as a lot pleasure—as i'm going to the DMV. yet now not some time past, I made a kind of infrequent visits to the synagogue for my cousin Alina’s bat mitzvah. As ordinary, i discovered myself pressured (and bored) via a Hebrew provider I couldn’t comprehend. in the course of the moment hour of a rite that will last up to an NFL video game plus additional time, I picked up a Torah from a rack at the pew, flipped it open at random, and commenced analyzing the English translation. I had landed at Genesis, bankruptcy 34. i used to be instantly engrossed— and horrified—by a narrative I didn’t understand. It starts off with a tender guy named Shechem raping Dinah, who’s the daughter of the patriarch Jacob. (Someone is within the kitchen with Dinah. ) After the rape, Shechem realizes he truly loves Dinah, speaks to her “tenderly,” and makes a decision he needs to marry her. He and his father, an idol-worshipping chieftain named Hamor, pay a conciliatory stopover at to Jacob and his sons, Dinah’s brothers. Hamor pleads: My son loves Dinah and yearns to marry her. Hamor and Shechem supply to proportion their land with Jacob’s relatives, marry off the ladies in their extended family to Jacob’s sons, and pay any bride cost if in basic terms Dinah might be Shechem’s spouse. (I should still observe that Shechem and Hamor aren’t suckers: they’re additionally longing for the wedding which will get their arms on Jacob’s land. ) Jacob’s sons fake to comply with their concept, yet insist on one situation: Shechem, Hamor, and the entire males in their city needs to be circumcised ahead of the wedding.

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