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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Funny, Sad and Insightful

Having earned a Master's Degree in religious studies, I considered myself to be (fairly) knowledgeable about the Hebrew Testament. I didn't realize just how much I had forgotten, or never learned in the first place, until I picked up Plotz' The Good Book. The Hebrew Tes...
Having earned a Master's Degree in religious studies, I considered myself to be (fairly) knowledgeable about the Hebrew Testament. I didn't realize just how much I had forgotten, or never learned in the first place, until I picked up Plotz' The Good Book. The Hebrew Testament is filled with heroes, villains, true love, deceit, betrayal, grace ... and on and on. I love how Plotz engages with the text: he is alternately angry, inspired and saddened. And he is filled with questions. A wonderfully human response to such a complex text. Highly recommended to anyone interested in Judaism, literary studies, or religious studies in general.

posted by grisaille on July 11, 2009

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3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

False advertising!

"it has never been more important to get to know the Bible." Well, David Plotz did not "get to know" the whole BIBLE as one is lead to believe. He only read the old testament, which most christians think is antiquated and yes even bizarre! So Why doesn't David continue...
"it has never been more important to get to know the Bible." Well, David Plotz did not "get to know" the whole BIBLE as one is lead to believe. He only read the old testament, which most christians think is antiquated and yes even bizarre! So Why doesn't David continue his quest and read the New Testament as well and give us his all knowing insights?

posted by dubiety on April 6, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Hysterical

    I laughed out loud more times than I could count. Plotz is a very good writer with a very quick wit. I have never read the old testament, consider myself a tangential Jew, and I appreciated his summarizing, satirizing and political commentary. I doubt that I will ever read the tanach, but at least I now understand why not!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

    Amazing analysis of the Old Testament

    It gives one a whole new understanding of the Old Testament. I had no idea I was so ignorant of even the most common stories. He eliminates the pages and pages of tedious material and gets right to the most meaningful text. Your understaning of the Bible will never be the same again.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

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    This is a book about the Old Testament of the Bible written by a

    This is a book about the Old Testament of the Bible written by a young agnostic Jewish man. He really read the book for the first time, paying close attention to detail. He points out the inconsistencies, and contradictions, oddities and ideas that conflict with our modern ideas of ethics. Many Christian and Jewish readers will find the God presented in the Old Testament to be disturbing, even in conflict with their conception of God. This factual and easy to read analysis of each chapter makes clear that though there are many truths in the Bible, there is also much that cannot be true of a loving sane God.
    Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Awesome!

    Hilarious! I would give it 20 stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    It is VERY seldom I have laughed so hard and so often outside of

    It is VERY seldom I have laughed so hard and so often outside of watching America's Funniest Videos! Highly entertaining, more than delightfully well-written and full marks for some of THE most clever turns of phrase I have read. A+ for keeping a very balanced political view. A must for all to keep a little levity in such an overwhelming and emotionally charged subject...religion. If you don't get at least a dozen chuckles and one belly laugh reading the sample pages....lay down, you're dead.

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    Posted May 6, 2009

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