The Harlot by the Side of the Road

  • by Jonathan Kirsch
  • Narrated by Candace Barrett, Raye Birk
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A multitude of Biblical stories have been censored, mistranslated, ignored, and even banned by religious authorities due to their erotic, violent, or mysterious content. In this recording, Jonathan Kirsch recounts some of the most startling and explicit writings from the Old Testament, those that dealt with seduction and revenge, incest and murder, interracial marriage, women's rights, and other explosive subjects. What emerges is a text whose real power lies in its unflinching view of the contradictions of human nature.

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Fascinating stories

Kirsch elaborates and dramatizes four stories that involve sexual intrigue and violence bringing these to life. Each story is followed by a brief commentary shedding some insight as to their meaning.

The stories are: Lot and his daughters, Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar, the gang rape of a Levite's concubine, and the rape of David's daughter Tamar by her half brother.

It's a very enjoyable audiobook; I only wished it had not been abridged.
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- Adam Helberg

And now, the rest of the story ...

What made the experience of listening to The Harlot by the Side of the Road the most enjoyable?

It was a new way to see the implications of stories you probably have skimmed over and never given a second thought to the characters and events surrounding the brief mention in the Bible. I'll bet this is the way the tales were told around the campfire before they were sanitized for publication.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Tamar (of the Judah story) - a clever and feisty woman.


What about Candace Barrett and Raye Birk ’s performance did you like?

I always like a team or ensemble reading. It gives greater variety and realism to women's and secondary characters' voices.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's short enough that you can. But this was my biggest disappointment. I would have liked to listen to more. What possibly could have motivated the publisher, Audio Literature, to have made an abridged version? I HATE ABRIDGED VERSIONS.


Any additional comments?

I wish/hope that Audible will find an unabridged version. I will upgrade.

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- Peter Wilson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books