A. J. Jacobs

  • by A. J. Jacobs
  • 0 hrs and 54 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Join best-selling author A. J. Jacobs as he discusses his recent book, The Year of Living Biblically, in which he recounts his fascinating, enlightening and delightfully strange year trying to follow all 613 commandments in the Bible. This lecture is an eye-opening lesson in the wisdom of rabbis, religion in America today, Bible history, and the dangers of literal interpretation. Thou shalt not miss it!


Audible Editor Reviews

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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this is essentially a blurb on the book. A very good I'm using blurb. I would love to have more like this available when I'm shopping for books.
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- joshua warner

Entertaining look at the perils of fundamentalism.

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.
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- Michael "Foucault in Exile"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2009
  • Publisher: 92nd Street Y