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Unscrolled: 54 Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2013
Watch the video on the books' website before buying this - a disproportional panel of heretics whining arrogantly about their religious-disbelief in a queenish intonation.

It would be much more interesting if they actually studied bible commentary instead of blindly mocking the rulings ignorantly with a Godlike-ego - one of them actually has the audacity to reveal that they didn't read the bible upon which they mock; their comment stated assumptively that "nobody actually reads [the bible]"

Ancient scholars dedicated their lives to studying the bible; now 54 unlearned "writers & artists" come along without any substantial education on the matter, and they are certain they know better because the bible is illogical to them. It is like claiming to disprove Einstein because you can't comprehend how energy equals mass times the speed of light squared.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2013
What a profound disappointment!

This commentary includes many narcissistic contributions from writers who seem to truly believe that appending a photo of santitizing underwear and repeatedly pronouncing "muf**ker* to a parasha elevates their perceptions to the level of Torah commentary.

A sad effort at cleverness--and certainly not, as one of the blurbs on the back cover suggests, an "ideal gift."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2014
This book was disappointing to me, perhaps because I expected too much. I expected these modern authors to provide insights or modern interpretations of the biblical passages. There were very few examples of this. Most of the authors simply tried to do clever takeoffs of the bible stories. Some succeeded and some did not.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
The stories are all over the place and not what I expected. I wanted to learn more about the Torah and the bible from a unique perspective and that is not what this book is about.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2013
A friend recommended this. Bought it on a Thursday and was finished by Sunday. It is the perfect mixture of comedy and depth. I truly felt that I related to the Torah in a new light.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As someone who has led small group Bible study on both the 'Old' and New Testaments, I enjoyed this book. I used each of its many entries from about January to April as a Bible-study meditation each day. I thoroughly enjoyed both the seriousness of some of the contributors and humor of others. Some of the entries of these Jewish writers and artists, etc. are deeply personal... and a few I didn't understand one bit! LOL As a Christian who has read through Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy quite a few times, it gave me a new 'take' on these books... and it made me look anew on what I considered to be a very boring and outdated book, Leviticus! That's saying a lot! I'm sure if I'm called to do a Bible study on the Torah's books, I will utilize one or more of these selections. The book is very nicely laid-out, and very colorful which adds to its enjoyment. I liked that in addition to each of the contributors selection, we are given the key Hebrew verse text, an English translation of it, and then a quite lengthy synopsis of the long Torah piece, if you don't care to read it directly from your own Bible. While few books are perfect, I do recommend this book to others.
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This was an interesting and intriguing book but, by its very nature, it was a bit scatter-shot. I would nonetheless recommend the book as being thought-provoking and worth reading.
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on March 15, 2015
Different authors sharing their interpretations of each parsha. Worth reading and sharing during Torah study.
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on November 27, 2014
Horrible and not worth the time. Threw my copy in the trash which is where it belongs.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2013
An exciting read, really unique and interesting interpretations of the Five Books of Moses. Not your average Hebrew School lesson, that's for sure! Loved reading the new perspectives from such a great mix of writers and artists. Will be reading and re-reading...
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