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Why do so many people think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is outdated? Why do our friends and neighbors - and sometimes we ourselves - dismiss the Bible as irrelevant, irrational, immoral, or all of these things? This explanation of the Book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible, will demonstrate that the Bible is not only powerfully relevant to today’s issues, but completely consistent with rational thought.

Do you think the Bible permitted the trans-Atlantic slave trade? You won’t after reading this book.

Do you struggle to love your parents? If you do, you need this book.

Do you doubt the existence of God because belief in God is “irrational?” This book will give you reason after reason to rethink your doubts.

The title of this commentary is, “The Rational Bible” because its approach is entirely reason-based. The reader is never asked to accept anything on faith alone. As Prager says, “If something I write does not make rational sense, I have not done my job.”

The Rational Bible is the fruit of Dennis Prager’s forty years of teaching the Bible to people of every faith, and no faith. On virtually every page, you will discover how the text relates to the contemporary world and to your life.

His goal: to change your mind - and then change your life.

©2018 Dennis Prager (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Great listening so far!!

Great book Dennis! This is the best commentary on the Bible I have ever read. 10/10, would definitely recommend.
Also, first review :)

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Audible was a great experience.

The audible format was a great way to bring this to life. The historical background and essays really tie everything together. Dennis does a great job quenching my thirst for what has typically been a dry read. I can’t wait for the next book.

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Great for Christians (me) who skipped Old Testament

Dennis Prager demystifies the legalese of the Mosaic Laws to make them applicable to daily life, religious or otherwise. Can’t wait for the rest of the series!

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Excellent Analysis-- but slow towards the end

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of morality or Judaism. Regardless of your faith, there is a good chance you will not view the Bible in the same way after listening to this. Dennis Prager has clearly researched many scholarly opinions and the historical context of this part of the Bible. He has masterfully presented it in a way that is both relevant and engaging to the average listener and even spiced it up with occasional humor. While you may not always agree with his political conclusions, he'll give you a fresh look on the moral reasoning behind many current issues and even clear up some of the most common arguments that misquote the Bible. You may at least leave realizing that many conservatives you've spoken to in the past are not so much hypocrites as they are just too intellectually lazy to discover the real reason their faith justifies certain policies.

My only criticism is the time devoted at the end of the book to listing every pain-staking detail for building the tabernacle, minora, etc. Even worse for audiobook format was the repetition of those same rather boring instructions when describing their completion (as well as the repetition of the essay explaining the rational for keeping meat and dairy separate). It was likely only written this way as a study reference for Jewish students, which he did mention in the introduction as one of the types of readers this book is geared towards.

Yet as just a casual listener I wish there had been an abridged version that gave a nod to the significance of these details and assured me I wouldn't be missing much if I didn't want to finish the last few chapters. Overall, it was still an enjoyable listen though.

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loved this!

I will be encouraging family and friends to also read this book. I can't wait till the rest of the series comes out.

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Crucial for anyone who wants to know the Bible

These are insights the average person cannot glean without knowing Hebrew. Well worth the cost and well worth sharing.

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Prager gets better with age

I've been an avid listener of Dennis Prager for years. I began in more of an adversarial mindset. Over the years, his tone and delivery have given me pause and made me realize his rationality is more plausible than how I thought before. The first volume of the Rational Bible continues this theme and has me looking forward to future volumes

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Great book

It really makes you realize how close Christianity is to the Jewish religion.
Dennis Prager is one of my favorite radio personalities and just like the radio the book did no disappoint.

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Where Has This Book Been All My Life??

Dennis Prager did not disappoint with this book. He has answered many questions that I've had about the bible my entire life, yet could never find a satisfying answer. This book is thought provoking and has open up my understanding of the Exodus. A must listen for any analytical person who is studying the bible.

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Wisdom of the Bible Revealed

With warmth, and clarity, Mr. Prager explains the meaning, logic and deep wisdom of the biblical text, line by line. His knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and ancient cultures of the Fertile Crescent, familiarity with earlier Biblical commentaries, together with his reasoned and insightful analysis of the text make this the perfect commentary for a modern audience.
I am very much looking forward to the publication of the next volume!

Mr. Parks does a very fine job narrating this work, but there were several Hebrew words that were not pronounced correctly. Admittedly, transliterating Hebrew into English is exceedingly difficult. Further consultation with a Hebrew speaker might have solve this difficulty. Even so, a job well done and eminently listenable.