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Kirsch, an attorney and book critic, retells some of the juicier stories of the Bible in contemporary language. He expands upon the original biblical text to make the stories highly readable and includes with each the original text in modern translation and a brief sketch of the scholarly research and the speculation surrounding it. For those to whom Bible stories suggest "Disneyesque animals and simple uplifting moral lessons," this book may be a bit of a shock. Kirsch shows that the Bible is not a children's book. Then, as now, rape, incest, prostitution, murder, and strange religious cults were a part of life. As Kirsch says, "The Bible is a map of the human heart, and no secret chamber or hidden passage is left out." Kirsch contends that returning to the Bible can offer insight into modern issues. Mostly, however, he offers an irresistible popularization of some unfamiliar stories. Some readers will enjoy it; others will be highly offended. Recommended for public libraries.?C. Robert Nixon, MLS, Lafayette, Ind.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Although some of these biblical tales are not as "forbidden" as Kirsch makes out--both David's and Lot's stories have been on TV's Mysteries of the Biblethey do contain far more sex and violence than most readers would expect to find in a holy book. Demonstrating meticulous research and an enticing style, Kirsch recounts the rape of Dinah, in which the seducer of Jacob's daughter, along with 300 of his men, are circumcised and then murdered when they are too weak from their surgery to run; the seduction of Judah by his daughter-in-law Tamar; and the murder of Uriah by David, in order that David may have Uriah's wife, Bathsheba. Along the way, Kirsch comments perceptively on the implications of numerous instances of what he calls the "gyno-sadism" of the Bible--women being raped, gang-raped, and murdered. Along with excerpts from the Holy Scriptures according to Maoretic Text, Kirsch retells the stories, places them in the context of the time, and thoroughly addresses levels of meaning for both the ancient and modern readers. Fascinating reading. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I was somewhat disappointed by this book. I would have liked to have seen more background and context for these stories, but the book seemed to consist chiefly of re-telling of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by EEProf
Very interesting treatment of the few named women in the Bible. Appreciate his humor, insight, and out of box thinkingPublished 3 months ago by K. Dvorak
The author says repeats a story about his 5 year old son who asks to be told everything. This book is written at that level. I'm sorry I wasted my money to buy this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JLG
not as interesting as his other book "The Woman Who Laughed at God."Published 5 months ago by Maggie A
Enjoyed another book by this author and I love to read about how silly the Bible is.Published 9 months ago by Rector Praetorius
Excellent for the information I needed, but this person clearly is not for the Bible as the word of God in other areas as others comments state.Published 9 months ago by J. Warden
This book will make you look at the stories in the Bible in a new light.This book will open your eyes to the human side of the Bible!!!Published 12 months ago by E. Paul Hawley
I was put off by the conspiracy theory aspect: "sought to hide," "intentional mistranslations," "suppressed by rabbis, priests, and ministers," etc. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Avid Reader