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Pocket Guide to the Bible: A Little Book About the Big Book Paperback – May, 2006
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Sounds ludicrous! But that's exactly what Jason Boyett sets out to accomplish in Pocket Guide to the Bible: A Little Book About the Big Book. And, in most respects, he nails it, with a frankness and hilarity that many scholars could learn from.
If you're looking for a brief guide on biblical interpretation (aka: hermeneutics), keep looking. Boyett's not trying to dissect the difficult Hebrew and Greek syntax. But, if you're looking for a witty, lighthearted approach to a serious text (the Bible), then this book's for you.
Boyett pulls no punches in exposing some of the more ridiculous stories and texts in the Bible, yet at the same time tries to uphold it's authority and majesty. One part glossary (or, to use his term, `biblicabulary'), another part roll call of Biblical characters, and yet another part Biblical survey, and yet another part history of translations and versions, and finally, a concluding part humorous miscellany of quirky Biblical facts and observations, Boyett `guides' one through the Bible like no book on Scripture I've ever read.
At times I laughed out loud, and at other times I skimmed to the next chapter. That is to say, take this Pocket Guide for what it is: a Pocket Guide.Read more ›
Biblicabulary - "A glossary of the Good Book," pretty self-explanatory
Cast of Characters (A to J) - The major players of the Bible, plus some of the weirder minor ones too.
Cast of Characters (K to Z) - See above.
What Happens, Part 1 - "The Old Testament at breakneck speed," pretty much the Cliff Notes version of the Bible
What Happens, Part 2 - "The New Testament at breakneck speed."
The Brief History of the Holy Writ - "A timeline," basically the complete history of the Bible.
Versions and Perversions - "A selective survey of translations," this chapter runs through the major players in the translation game. Disappointingly doesn't cover the Hippie Bible, but I'm letting it slide.
List Ye Be Smitten - "Biblical Flotsam and Jetsam," a bunch of lists of really random stuff, really funny, weird things here.
Who to recommend this book to? I think that anyone could get something out of this book. People who know everything about the Bible will enjoy the dry wit applied to the subject. Those who know nothing about the Bible will find themselves amused and learning quite a bit in a short amount of time. Those who have no sense of humor about the subject will probably hate this book.Read more ›
And that, my friends, is an excellent litmus test to see if you'll enjoy and/or find a use for the Pocket Guide To The Bible: A Little Book About the Big Book, written by Jason Boyett & published by Relevant Books. If the thought of an overview of the Holy Bible making irreverent pop cultural references to explain theological concepts makes your skin crawl, you are probably not the audience for this book. OTOH, if describing the Egyptians pursuing the Israelites across the Red Sea with the pithy aside that "at which point Pharoah's army realizes 'Swim Like An Egyptian' will never be the title of a hit Bangles song," then this might be right up your alley.
It's important to define what this book is and is not. (I'll leave it to ex-President Clinton to attempt to define what is is.)
- It is a funny book... on purpose. The author is trying (and often succeeding) at penning humorous glimpses at the stories of Scripture and the history of how it got into our hot little hands. It feels a bit like The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy for the Bible. (Please understand - I mean this as a compliment. And I'm not referring to the less-than-spectacular feature film.)
- It is informationally sound... even if it's primary purpose is humor, the basic information presented is a reasonably fair & accurate representation of current scholarship on the Bible.
- It is NOT a tract.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A quick and fun way to get the basic rundown of how the Bible came to be and other important information of the Christian Bibles.Published 8 months ago by Mike
This is a very entertaining version of the Bible stories. Jason Boyett tells about the different aspects of the Bible in such a way that it is easy to understand.Published on December 26, 2013 by Regina Harris
For me (a first time Bible reader) this little guide gives a very short,
very fast, light description of the material being read.
I've just received my copy of this book, though its been out for awhile. Its about to be 'repackaged', so I thought it might be worth reviewing. Read morePublished on August 8, 2009 by J. Wright
I purchased The Pocket Guide to the Bible to use with my four children as a homeschooling text -- a fun overview of the Bible for them. Read morePublished on August 5, 2009 by Susanne Barrett
This book gave me several smiles and grins as the author refers to himself as a third person(entity).
Very good purchase. I am sharing it with family now.
Pocket Guide To The Bible: A Little Book About The Big Book is an easy-to-use reference for lay readers to the canonical sacred text of Christianity. Read morePublished on September 13, 2006 by Midwest Book Review
this book is a rather humorous little jaunt through the bible, but it has a tendency to be a bit dry here and there. Read morePublished on September 4, 2006 by gary medlock
I grew up in the church - Sunday School, Bible Quizzing, Pioneer Girls, Potlucks - so I consider myself FULLY indoctrinated. I loved the book. Read morePublished on August 8, 2006 by Dana Larson