Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A year of living out of context




Title: The Year of Living Biblically
Author: A.J. Jacobs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: 2007
Printed: USA
ISBN: 0-7432-9147-6
List: $25.00
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Parents)

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Date 1/16/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: I was actually looking at this book last week when I purchased What is the What. It was on the new releases table and caught my eye. I got this today, along with another Christmas gift from my parents (a year subscription to Lynda.com). I won't be posting about the subscription because it isn't a tangible object (one reason why I asked for it and was very happy to receive it). I will now be able to improve my knowledge of CSS and other web based programs, which I've been struggling to do for the last 3 years. I understand basic implementation and editing, but I would like a deeper, comfortable understanding of the technology. As for the book, it's about a secular Jew who decides to follow every rule of the bible–literally–for a year. It's purpose is humor, but the idea is flawed at it's core. The laws (especially the 613 from the Old Testament followed by Orthodox Jews) are situational, created for specific groups at specific times and recounted to make certain points, majority of which were nullified by the birth of Jesus in the New Testament (which the author does point out in his Forward). So many of the rules that the author refers to as being biblical, are taken out of context, making his year long quest kind of ridiculous. However, reading about an Agnostic following every law of the Bible literally for a year, will undoubtedly create for some entertaining situations.

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