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The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

14 Ratings: 4.1
A book by A. J. Jacobs

Amazon Best of the Month, September 2007: Make no mistake: A.J. Jacobs is not a religious man. He describes himself as Jewish "in the same way the Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant." Yet his latest work,The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble … see full wiki

Author: A. J. Jacobs
Genre: Entertainment, Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
13 reviews about The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's...
review by . December 30, 2007
I purchased this for my dad, who is very religious; he also teaches Sunday School and is a gifted artist who paints religious scenes/characters. I was intrigued by the subject matter so borrowed it when he was finished.     A.J. Jacobs tackles a subject I have often wondered about (but never would have had the courage to endeavor): could today's man or woman live the Biblical lifestyle. The resulting book is humorous and filled with interesting stories. I was entertained throughout. …
review by . December 27, 2007
I, like the author, am a secular Jew living in the NY area. I, also, consider myself agnostic although tend to believe in ideas such as 'destiny' and 'fate', but only to a degree. Reading this book was a bit of an adventure for me as it was for the author. I can't claim to have taken a year to read it but in the few days that I devoted to it I can honestly say I learned something from this book and took plenty away with me. But, as with those who will read this book and the author himself, I was …
review by . December 02, 2007
'The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible' is kind of like the guy who decided to eat McDonalds food only for a month and see what happens. In this case it's a gentleman who decides to live parts (PARTS) of the Bible as close as possible and report on the events. Reading this book I got the sense that it could have been so much MORE than what was written here. Yes the author grows a long beard, wears rags and throws stones (pebbles) at sinners, …
review by . October 11, 2007
Let's face it; it's a lot more entertaining reading about someone pulling a stunt like A. J. Jacobs than actually experiencing it on your own skin. In the modern day and age, people who live by the bible do in their own way, only accepting things the society has recently been pushing on them, but not wearing a robe, beard and transporting back in time. This book looked so interesting I couldn't help myself and simply had to read it.    The book is witty, though provoking, enlightening …
review by . September 19, 2007
How many people of faith do you know that claim to structure their lives according to The Bible? Do they adhere to the appropriate grooming instructions? Is that beard a show of respect to God or a cultivated show of vanity? Do they stone adulterers? What about their marital practices? Do they have multiple wives? Are they being fruitful and multiplying? Do they prefer the original Greek or Aramaic texts, or a more modernized translation? How do they treat their slaves? Not to be flippant, but there …
review by . September 08, 2007
I was all set not to like this book. To say it was a flippant approach to something millions -- billions -- of people take very seriously. To say that you can't generate meaningful theological insights from a crass literalism, by taking the word without the spirit (or the Word without the Spirit, if you prefer), by "working to rule" as the labor movement would say. In all, it's a fundamentally (heh) flawed premise.    But, turns out A.J. Jacobs knows all that already. What won …
review by . September 02, 2007
I recently got the chance to review an advance reader's copy of the book The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs. While rather funny, your impression of the book will probably be flavored based on your religious leanings and background.    A. J. Jacobs is a writer for Esquire, and this is his second book-sized project. His first was to read through, from cover to cover, the Encyclopedia Britannica (all …
review by . August 29, 2007
Jacobs, A.J. "The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible", Simon and Shuster, 2007.    In the Steps of the Bible    Amos Lassen    A.J. Jacobs does in his book. "The Year of Living Biblically" what many of us would like to do but do not have either the means or the way to do it. I especially felt the urge to live the "ultimate Bible life" when I lived in Israel for many years but having …
review by . August 27, 2007
First of all I must commend Mr. Jacobs for undergoing such an ... interesting year. Not everyone could have shown the amount of dedication was needed for such an endeavor. Sure Dan Brown could possibly match him for total number of hours devoted to research - but Dan Brown never had to visit AJ Jacobs "Uncle Gil" Also, since the author mentions often he reads his Amazon reviews - so "hi AJ"!     Now to the book- I have to admit that the premise for the book is nothing short of …
review by . August 27, 2007
I am getting old. I have been reading for well over 55 years now. As I go along, I find the criteria for my reading becomes narrower, as I feel I have paid my dues. In all I read now I want two things. First I want to be entertained and secondly, I want to be informed. This work by Jacobs fills both of those needs perfectly. I am certainly not going to go into a blow by blow description of the plot, story line, etc. here. There are many reviews here that do that quite nicely. Suffice to say that …
review by . August 22, 2007
A.J. Jacobs, editor-at-large to Esquire magazine, has hit on a sure-fire high-concept theme for his latest book. Not surprisingly, it has been optioned for a movie by Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt's Plan B productions. Quite simply, he set out to live according the Bible's precepts, strictly and literally. He identified more than 800 rules and spent a year trying to adhere to them.    Among other things, he has called this venture 'a critique of fundamentalism'. He says, 'I …
review by . August 22, 2007
"The Year of Living Biblically" brought me up short. I thoroughly expected a book in which a secular Jewish magazine editor from New York City tries to literally live the Bible to be the kind of exercise one would engage in with a smirk on the face and a lot of eye-rolling.    Just goes to show you what reading too many political books can do to you. I'm too cynical for the likes of A.J. Jacobs. Let us say it's been a long time that I've read anything as sweetly honest, charming, …
review by . August 20, 2007
H. L. Mencken predicted in the 20th century that religion would wither away, and Richard Dawkins predicted the same thing again in the 21st century. When agnostic Jacobs noticed that this didn't seem to be happening, he thought he'd give religion a try. This he did by attempting to follow, for a full year, all the commandments in the Bible.  Jacobs approached this as a checklist -- he actually made himself a checklist, in fact. And he didn't limit himself to the laws that most people who …
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