The Year of Living Biblically

The Year of Living Biblically

Book - 2007
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Now a TV series Living Biblically airing on CBS!

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible. A.J. Jacobs chronicles his hilarious and thoughtful year spent obeying―as literally as possible―the tenets of the Bible.

Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers.

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.

Jacobs's quest transforms his life even more radically than the year spent reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica for The Know-It-All . His beard grows so unruly that he is regularly mistaken for a member of ZZ Top. He immerses himself in prayer, tends sheep in the Israeli desert, battles idolatry, and tells the absolute truth in all situations--much to his wife's chagrin.

Throughout the book, Jacobs also embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally. He tours a Kentucky-based creationist museum and sings hymns with Pennsylvania Amish. He dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn and does Scripture study with Jehovah's Witnesses. He discovers ancient biblical wisdom of startling relevance. And he wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the twenty-first-century brain.

Jacobs's extraordinary undertaking yields unexpected epiphanies and challenges. A book that will charm readers both secular and religious, The Year of Living Biblically is part Cliff Notes to the Bible , part memoir, and part look into worlds unimaginable. Thou shalt not be able to put it down.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2007.
ISBN: 9780743291484
0743291484
9780743291477
0743291476
Characteristics: 388 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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steglina91
Jul 25, 2018

5 out of 5 for this book. The book is better than the television show and laid out in a way easy to understand. It could even be used to examine fallacies of the Bible. This is a must read for any religious person.

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joshua7279
Oct 09, 2016

Over all I found his adventure to be interesting, but for me it just didn't click. Don't get me wrong it was interesting and insightful at times, it just left we with a "that's all" at the end. Its worth the listen, but I just couldn't help feeling like there needed to be something more to this one. Maybe I just like my religion more scholarly and less social commentary

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JJasperson83
Oct 01, 2015

The website is being weird with renewals and holds. I have this audiobook checked out, and it says that there are 0 people waiting, yet when I go to renew it, it claims to be on hold...

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

In his second book, (the first is entitled The Know-it-all), Jacobs makes a quest to live the ultimate biblical life. His approach is humorous and informative. How do you follow the Bible to the letter while living in New York city?

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Vivica
Feb 27, 2014

I got this for my hubby and he really enjoyed it...

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carusu
Jul 21, 2013

Boring after a while

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smichal
Jun 30, 2013

Kind of gets old fast, since there is no plot, just the guy finding new ways to apply the bizarre rules to his life.

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modestgoddess
May 18, 2013

This one's a keeper - I'm going to buy my own copy. AJ Jacobs in part wanted to show how ridiculous it is to attempt to follow the laws of the Bible literally and to follow all of them. Over the course of the book, he realizes that absolutely no one - not even evangelical Christians - follows the Bible wholly and literally. Everyone who follows it, follows "Cafe Christianity" or "Cafe Judaism" - and is none the worse for it. As he decides, by the end, why not pick and choose the things that help you to live a better life? ("better" meaning more compassionate, more mindful, more honest etc) This book is full of interesting anecdotes, as Jacobs delves into a wide range of spiritual practices in search of enlightenment. (The snake-handling branch of Christianity is incredibly interesting, and I was intrigued to have a glimpse inside the creationist museum along with him and to learn about the egg ceremony and the dancing and....so many fascinating tales in this book!)

ehbooklover Oct 12, 2012

Sometimes serious and poignant, sometimes uproariously funny. Full of very interesting insights into both Judaism and Christianity. I enjoyed reading about how the author's year-long experiment affected his family, especially his wife.

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jonahchristensen
Jun 27, 2012

Enjoyable read. Interesting perspective on religious beliefs and behaviours/traditions that are associated with these beliefs.

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mlaycraft
Sep 12, 2011

Anger. I gave the finger to the ATM.

You see, the ATM charged me a $1.75 fee for withdrawal. A dollar seventy-five? That's bananas. So I flipped off the screen. As Julie tells me, when you start making rude gestures to inanimate objects, it's time to work on your anger issues.

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