I appreciated books like this for summarizing long stories and presenting the key points because i'm a lazy reader. Hearing these summaries with some wit and personal insight is really entertaining. The authoris convinced the stories cannot be a literal log of early life with God actively at the helm but in the end accepts his Rabbi's explanation of the inclusion of absurd doctrine such as stoning our disobedient children to death, as included for the sake of discussion or debate. If that were so, which fundamental points were real and which were just to make you think, God or the translators left out the italics.
My suggestion to anyone listening to this book for a quick and clear synopsis of the old testament-enjoy this one, then read Conversations With God Book 1 and see what resonates in your heart as true. Be sure to listen to the very end so as not to miss the "greatest lists of the Bible' which are even more absurd and unbelievable when reviewed in sequence. What I see in the history presented in biblical verse is the same practice of doing and explaining away atrocious personal human behavior by claiming it was Gods will or for the honor of God. These are fables written in retrospect years after they occurred preserved and presented to shape future behavior based in fear, not love. Until someone of high moral authority makes it clear that this is self deception and wrong, man will continue to do despicable things to others in their Gods name and look back at it as if it were God's hands themselves at work.So, the only place I disagree with the author is in the explanation of why certain content is included in the bible and the basic nature of God if you don't believe these stories-The question isn't WHY was the God of the old testament so vengeful and violent, is is WAS the God of the old testament vengeful and evil-or were vengeful evil people attributing their unacceptable acts to their God? Again, continue your search for truth in the CWG series.
I am a fan of both fiction and non-fiction with a recent bias toward fiction, possibly due to my history background. ]
Very painful. I actually winced any number of times as the author made what he obviously thought were very clever observations. His observations were not clever. He seems to be using the Bible as straight man for his comedy act. Only he isn't funny. At all. OK, I did laugh at Brokeback Sinai but anything else that was humorous was from the Bible itself and I already have several of those around the house. He is very proud of his own reasoning skills and uses them freely to pass judgement on God. He seems to believe he is the first person to think of these things. Apparently the people that published this don't get out much either. I have heard these arguments many times.
The whole thing just made me tired.
A middle-aged romantic who grew up reading Heinlen, Louis L'Amour and Richard Hooker. Expect and honest opinion, even if it's not PC.
David Plotz is a great example of someone who is well-educated, but completely without understanding. He makes no attempt, but just gives as sarcastic a reading as is humanly possible.
Audible should just describe the book "A Jewish-born Atheist's attempt to be a smart-a##"
A good read for those who take the bible as a very old story, not meant for us in this century or the future. I read the old testament and I can not believe that people of our era take it seriously, I can not defend the book in any manner, as a long time athiest it hits home to why I am an athiest.
This is exactly the kind of book I like; interesting, funny and thought-provoking. The author/narrator did a very good job. I knew a lot of Bible stories but I learned more about the Bible from this book than I ever knew before. It's one of those books where you find passages so interesting that you will tell other people about them. Highly recommend.
I found the book to be both insightful and entertaining. The Mr. Plotz never assumes pretenses of being an authority, instead he gives a very honest reaction of a typical layperson encountering the Bible as it is. There may be some current references that will eventually date the book, but at the moment they help add modern perspective.
He also does a good job reading his own work, adding a bit more emotion or personality to it than would have been the case if it had been read by a professional voice talent.
Plotz admits upfront that he is ignorant, but he does not do the courtesy of checking his stated facts with the result that the reader/listener cannot trust what he says. For instance, that in the Torah's Genesis Abraham did not have to kill his son, but 'in the Christian version of the Bible' he did! How absurd! Why, if that were so, then the 12 tribes of Israel would never have been born, and the story of the Bible would never have happened. Plotz is careless, foolish, and a waste of time. His editor couldn't be bothered to check the facts, either, apparently. Very irresponsible writing. The subject deserves better. In fact, any subject at all deserves better.
This is a good listen, good for sleepytime listening. It is a shame though that the author read the greatest Book, and could only come up with a paycheck.
"At a time when wars are fought over scriptural interpretation" did Plotz write this in the 16th century during the protestant reformation?
"when the influence of religion on American politics has never been greater", a time when people whine about "separation of church and state" whenever religion comes up in the context of government?
This doesn't bode well for the quality of the book.
A rather smug, self centered and facile attempt to summarize part of the Old Testament from a humanistic viewpoint. The attempts a comedy don't come off well and are often pointless. Pretty much a waste of time.