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The Story of God: A Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate) Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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The book traces God’s activities from Genesis to revelation, but the wit and humour (only a non-believer will appreciate) is biting. For example, when describing the laws God imposes on his people in Leviticus, Matheson writes: ‘God moved on to birds. “You may eat any bird you want!” He told Moses, then quickly added, “other than eagles, vultures, hawks, ravens, and bats.” (Lev.11:19) There was an awkward pause. 'Had he just called bats birds? He had, yes. That was embarrassing’. And then, ‘He moved on to insects, most of which he regarded as abominations. He made a lot of them (especially beetles for some unknown reason), but he mainly thought they were repulsive. None of them were good to eat, God proclaimed – before remembering a few exceptions. “You may eat locusts, crickets, and grasshoppers”’.
Jokes aside, Matheson seems to understand Revelations better than most. His synopsis of revelations is not only lucid but made sense of this immensely dense and convoluted part of the Bible. This book is best appreciated by non-believers who are familiar with the Biblical tales – the Creation, Abraham and his wife, Moses, the Ten Commandments, Lot, and Job, but if not, having a copy of the Bible by your side is advised because many of the stories seem too incredible – but they are all there. In the Bible.
This is the 2015 edition. There is a 2016 paperback with a lengthy and interesting postscript added.