Good Book

  • by David Plotz
  • Narrated by David Plotz
  • 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Like many Jews and Christians, David Plotz long assumed he knew what was in the Bible. He read parts of it as a child in Hebrew school, then attended a Christian high school where he studied the Old and New Testaments. Many of the highlights stuck with him - Adam and Eve, Cain versus Abel, Jacob versus Esau, Jonah versus whale, 40 days and nights, 10 plagues and commandments, 12 tribes and apostles, Red Sea walked under, Galilee walked on, bush into fire, rock into water, water into wine.And, of course, he absorbed from all around him other bits of the Bible - from stories he heard in churches and synagogues, in movies and on television, from his parents and teachers. But it wasn't until he picked up a Bible at a cousin's bat mitzvah - and became engrossed and horrified by a lesser-known story in Genesis - that he couldn't put it down.At a time when wars are fought over scriptural interpretation, when the influence of religion on American politics has never been greater, when many Americans still believe in the Bible's literal truth, it has never been more important to get to know the Bible. Good Book is what happens when a regular guy - an average Job - actually reads the book on which his religion, his culture, and his world are based.Along the way, he grapples with the most profound theological questions: How many commandments do we actually need? Does God prefer obedience or good deeds? And the most unexpected ones: Why are so many women in the Bible prostitutes? Why does God love bald men so much? Is Samson really that stupid? Good Book is an irreverent, enthralling journey through the world's most important work of literature.


What the Critics Say

"Here are some of the bizarre, hilarious, and disturbing things in the Good Book (i.e., the Hebrew Bible)....Deeply religious people might be offended by the book, but for the rest of us there's a laugh on every page." (Booklist)
"Thanks to David Plotz's amazing book, I will never have to read The Bible. When can he do this for Madame Bovary?" (Andy Borowitz)
"Highly entertaining." (The Jerusalem Post)


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Customer Reviews

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Lots of fun!

Wildly entertaining and humorous. The short sections also make this ideal for listening to off-and-on. The narrator (who is also the author) has just the right tone for the book. While most of the book is a romp through the Old Testament, the final discussion of how this reading affected the author's faith was insightful and thought provoking.
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- Kindle Customer

Rollicking trip through the Old Testament

Plotz is smarter than his narrator, even though the author reads the work himself. That is to say, there's a bit of "aw shucks" here, which doesn't conceal Plotz's fundamental seriousness and intelligence.

I've read some other reviews of the written work; many Christians lambast it for not dealing with the New Testament. THAT is NOT Plotz's Bible. He's Jewish, & that's his point-of-view. Bemoaning the lack of NT treatment is absurd.

The author gives us a very thoughtful, amusing, humane reading of the OT. He gives time and attention to stories that we don't hear in Sunday School (nor in Hebrew School, apparently). Even when one might disagree with Plotz's take on some character or event, there's no doubt that he's reading with an open mind. (The only time I had any quarrel with him was when he bent over backwards to put a positive moral spin on some appalling event, though we seldom disagreed for long.)

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- Ron L. Caldwell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios