Imagine a year in which you followed every rule of the Bible to the letter…. That means no lying, no coveting, and probably even some beard growing! In this episode of Live at the 92nd Street Y, Jacobs describes his experiences when he attempted to carry out just such a task. Insightful and incredibly entertaining, A.J. Jacobs exudes charm as he describes his many wacky experiences as he attempted to spend a year "Living Biblically". This performance is filled with insight and warnings about the dangers of reading too literally into scripture.
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Foucault in Exile
While he ultimately discovers meaning in some of the most problematic of the Bible's laws, A. J. Jacob's entertaining recollection of his effort to live a literally Biblically - mandated life for one year highlight the dangers lurking in Biblical literalism. He emphasizes the need to respond to sacred scripture with a critical eye, championing "cafeteria religion" despite the disapproval of fundamentalists.
Fun, interesting, humorous, yet also insightful and reflective. Give this very short speech an attentive ear.
"Are the terms funny + Bible mutually exclusive?"
AA Jacobs is a truly funny man, but more importantly, he is a funny man who can make other people laugh. The two don't necessarily always go together!
Difficult to choose, but raiding a poor unsuspecting pigeon's nest in order to cuddle its egg, was certainly right up there!
Not much to dislike, so will ignore that question if it is quite ok... grin. What I liked is that the author doesn't take himself seriously at all; this just makes his stories even funnier.
Absolutely. Unfortunately life is not that kind, but I pretty much did it in less than a week.
Apart from being really funny, the author obviously found himself exploring serious themes in his own life. HIs power as author, is that he took me along on the journey for which I was grateful. Excellent read - or should I say listen!
Well researched, very funny, very interesting, great talk. Listen to it, religious or not, most likely not I guess, but you'll enjoy it.
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