I have recently finished reading A.J. Jacob’s highly amusing The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. It has been an enlightening and often hilarious read and therefore earns a spot in my “Read-it-if…” reviews. Essentially, this book does what it says on the tin – it follows the trials and tribulations of a not-particularly-religious man who decides to test the extent to which it is possible to actually follow all of the teachings in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures as stated, at face value.
Read it if:
* you have even a passing interest in religion generally, or Judaism or Christianity specifically
* you have ever wondered how the Bible might assist in dictating proper etiquette in certain common, awkward situations…such as what to do when engaged in a fist-fight and your wife intervenes by grabbing your opponents man-parts
* you want to find out why God doesn’t trust people who wink any more than you do
*you admire super-human feats of endurance and perserverance, such as out-Bible-talking a Jehovah’s Witness
* you are looking for ways to increase your currency in Bible trivia or smug dinner party interjections
Really, I found this to be a thoroughly interesting and thought-provoking read that shone light upon a diverse range of perspectives and interpretation techniques employed to unpack that most contentious canon, the Bible. While it is genuinely hilarious in many parts, Jacobs also manages to be reasonably sensitive to the people he encounters on his year-long quest.
So what are you waiting for? Signs and wonders?
Until next time,