The Year of Living Biblically
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The Year of Living Biblically

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Avoiding shellfish was easy. The stoning of adulterers proved a little more difficult - and potentially controversial. Was it enough to walk up to an adulterer and gently touch them with a stone? Even that could be grounds for accusations of assault, especially with female adulterers in Manhattan. So what's a good Bible-reading boy to do?

Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in head first and attempt to obey the hundreds of less-publicized rules. The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal, and will make you see history's most influential book with new eyes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25mm | 277g
  • ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8th ed.
  • ports.
  • 0099509792
  • 9780099509790
  • 27,854

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"Jacobs has two great strengths as a writer. One is his extreme open-mindedness...the other is his humour, which he uses with precision and some subtelety."
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"A.J. Jacobs has written a - how else to put it? - Good Book. Let me take my review from the original, Psalm 2, verse 4: 'He that sittith in the heavens shall laugh.' And let me suggest that readers, whether they know their bible or not, get to know A.J. Jacobs. But not in a biblical sense, please" * PJ O'Rourke * "Jacobs has two great strengths as a writer. One is his extreme open-mindedness...the other is his humour, which he uses with precision and some subtelety." * Sunday Telegraph * "Engaging . . . comical . . . full of curious lore" * Independent on Sunday * "Witty and entertaining" * Daily Mail * "At the end of this entertaining (for the reader) spiritual journey Jacobs may not be a religious man but he is a better person" * Sunday Telegraph *
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About A. J. Jacobs

A. J. Jacobs is the editor at large at Esquire. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Know-It-All. He has contributed to the New York Times, New York magazine, and NPR's Weekend Edition, among others. He lives in New York. See ajjacobs.com for more information.
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52,406 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 25% (12,945)
4 39% (20,474)
3 26% (13,839)
2 7% (3,682)
1 3% (1,466)

Our customer reviews

This book has been a very fascinating read. It tells us the life of a non-practicing Jewish man as he tries to live by the laws of the Bible. He goes on a biblical quest to different parts of the globe seeing people in hopes to gain more insight into this task. It can be humorous or tragic, interesting or bland, but wherever it takes you, this book doesn't disappoint. Before I read this book, I was curious as to why he had such a big beard. Surely that wasn't necessary? Questions like that and some others really probed at me, which further increased my motivation to read. It's an interesting story, and we learn what the author does. His adventure is ours; we are like the sidecar on his motorcycle going on the journey. Before reading this book, I had no idea just how many laws there were in Judaism and what they dictated. 613. 613 laws! Some such as 'you will wear tassels on the ends of your clothes'. But WHY? No one knows, and same goes for many other laws. The author manages to tell the story in such a way that what happens is always interesting. You want to keep reading. I rate this a 5 out of 5. It is a very intriguing book, but the last few chapters just seems so short compared to the first few chapters. Pawin J. P.S: Hey A.J., this is a positive review! If you're still self-Googling, then I hope you aren't hindered by this review. Jshow more
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