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With wit, wisdom, and an extraordinary talent for turning dry, difficult reading into colorful and realistic accounts, the creator of the bestselling Don't Know Much About®, series now brings the world of the Old and New testaments to life as no one else can in the bestseller Don't Know Much About® The Bible. Relying on new research and improved translations, Davis uncover ...more
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Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1998)
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Arthur
Feb 18, 2008 Arthur rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians, Jews, atheists, English majors, etc.
Shelves: religion, history
I've read several of the books from this series, and this was probably my favorite. Davis is a very entertaining writer, and he presents information in a way that makes it interesting even to someone who has never really wondered about the particular ideas he's writing about. The book, like all of Davis's books, is patterned in a question and answer format. He poses a question, such as "Where did Cain's wife come from?" or "How does God feel about cross-dressing?", and then he tries his best to ...more
Julie
I wish there were a filter I could put this through so I wouldn't have to endure Davis' humor. It just doesn't work for me. The content is here and he has done his research. But he isn't a particularly thoughtful fellow and he doesn't shy from giving his own interpretations of the bible and stating them as fact. Almost what I was looking for but at the same time really off.

I've yet to find something better. What is right about it? Gives detailed easy to understand summaries and notes on transla
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Sarah Burns
I loved this book, for the sheer reason that it gave me some perspective on my religion of choice. I'm not saying that it changed the way I see the world, or changed my belief system, it just let me learn about the Bible. It was something that took a month, but it was worth it. The explanations aren't inflammatory for the sole reason of being inflammatory, it leaves a lot of margin for interpretation and personal belief systems.

My conformation class taught me nothing, and so this was my way of
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Scott
I bought this book about 12 years ago - but finally got around to reading it cover to cover. I've read two other "Don't Know Much About" books in the past - and this one follows the same formula: brief elementary questions about each topic, and answers delivered with a wry / satiric sense of humor. There are also references to pop culture and current events throughout to keep the books more light-hearted and easy to read. Despite the Bible's challenging depth, I felt like Mr. Davis was mostly su ...more
Jesse Winslow
Overall, this is probably the best book I've read on the subject. That subject being the history and idiosyncrasy of the Bible. Although not as detailed as Friedman's "Who Wrote the Bible?" it covers the entire Bible, not just the Old Testament. A fantastic book for believers and non-believers alike as it gives you quite a bit of insight into the background of the Good Book and many of the stories you were taught incorrectly in Sunday School.
Michelle Vivienne
I finnished this book on Christmas Eve. It's a Christmas miracle! This book highlights the important and entertaining events in the Old and New Testament. I was surprised to found out how violent and sexual these times were. I found the events very engaging and somewhat reminicent of greek mythology which I also like learning about.

While I now have a better understanding of the bible I really disliked that the writer made it obvious that he does not believe that the bible's events took place. T
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Snorkle
I had to stop reading this because it was just too annoying having Kenneth C. Davis belittle the bible and write about how some of the "stories" contained were probably not true and that the Hebrews just stole the ideas from their neighboring nations. It is quite obvious that Kenneth does not think that the bible is the divinely inspired word of God and I figured that if I was going to read a book about the bible I might as well read a book written by a christian, at least they would believe wha ...more
Deborah Fransen
Written by an historian, this book approaches the Bible as a work of literature and history, not religion. It reveals in a witty and easy-to-read style about what the Bible says and what it DOESN'T say. Davis has performed exhaustive research, placing Biblical events and people within their historical contexts; he takes on misconceptions, mistranslations, and misinterpretations in a convincing manner, bringing the ancient civilizations and personalities to life.

The result is a great read, espec
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Jessica
Aug 24, 2010 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in christianity or religion in general
This book gives a great overview both of the stories of the bible and of scholarly opinion regarding the history of the bible. Ken Davis can definitely get pretty corny at times, but I appreciate his generally balanced presentation. Contrary to what another reviewer thought, I think he is somewhat religious and goes to some lengths to try to prevent that from overly coloring his approach. And wow, I would be surprised if many people already know all of the often bizarre, violent and/or contradic ...more
Amber
If you are an athiest, you will find this humorous. If you are of christian faith, you will find this offensive and blasphemous. I find it to be a very necessary educational manual that future schools should teach children. How silly wars based on religion would seem.
Gina
"I am surprised that this book has kept my interest. The writing with touches of humor is excellent. I'll be looking for his other books on history and geography."
Ray
Good to have as a reference so that you can combat crazies who misquote religious text.
Lynn Erhorn
I read this book as a new Christian, and was fascinated by some of the "explanations" offered for potentially difficult Bible passages. Though it was years ago, I still remember my "Aha!" moment reading that the parting of the Red Sea was likely a poor translation, and probably referred to "The Sea of Reeds," a shallow, easy-to-cross marshy body of water. Today, I'm annoyed every time I think of how this description minimizes God, disrespects the text, and disregards the entire point of the Holy ...more
Scott Martin
Audiobook. Ended up checking this book out on a whim. Other than some disc issues, this was a pretty good audiobook read. It took the approach of factual discussions regarding the Bible. Trying to look at the Bible in a purely historical manner is a difficult subject, especially since it crosses academic and religious study. Still, Davis does a pretty good job of conveying key historical information, explaining why things are the way they are in the Bible. He also goes into some study regarding ...more
Alexander
If your knowledge of the Holy Bible and its history sucks (like mine did), then pick up this book.

There were a few sections here and there where Davis seems to just recount a synopsis of what happened in the Bible, story-wise, but the rest of the book is great reading. He makes learning about the Bible a lot more interesting than Sunday school would typically do.

Great for believers and non-believers, alike.
shannon
Very thorough, fair and even-handed, I found this book interesting and helpful. How much will I remember? Eh.

I was Ken Davis' publicist during my brief Harper Collins tenure, and his books really are fun, informative and easy to digest. And I really don't know much about the Bible. If the category showed up on my championship Jeopardy! it would be all over for me.

Jennifer Orr
I'm currently reading an incredible book about the history of Catholicism and the Jews and haven't been to Sunday school in 20 years, so DKMuch has been a great reference for me (now I finally know what happened to Lot's wife). I especially appreciate that the author gives the actual historical perspective of the era in which the Bible was actually written.
Andy
Aug 08, 2007 Andy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History buffs, Evangelical Christians
A perfect companion to everyones favorite religious book. Don't Know Much about the Bible goes chapter by chapter explaining the context of each book and the historical setting in which these stories were told. It is everything you have ever wanted to know about the Bible but were too afraid of the cleansing fires of hell to ask!
Shanelle
While this book was really interesting and brought some very good points to the table, it was just too disturbing and cynical for me to finish. Part of the appeal of the Bible is in the unknown, and for every last little detail to be challenged was difficult to swallow. I made it about halfway through before I finally stopped reading.
Wendy
Since I was pretty ignorant about the bible this was a great introduction. I enjoyed getting to know the stories of the bible and also the examination of the authors of the bible, the likelihood of the people being real people, and the changes in the meanings of passages as they have been translated over the ages.
Tom Darrow
Davis makes a quality "every-man" intro book. His introduction is, admitidly, a bit dense, but the rest of the book does a great job at explaining the ins and outs of the Bible. It contains enough nuts and bolts to appeal to a non-believer, but gives enough respect to the Bible to make a diehard Christian happy.
Christina
Jul 06, 2008 Christina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want an entertaining overview of Hebrew and Christian scripture.
This treatment of the scriptures is a good overview. It seeks to answer some difficult and compelling issues but does not provide enough information to be balanced. Although I agree with much of the work, it seems set-up to cause controversy for the sake of controversy.
Linda
Very interesting read. The author definitely comes from the believer's point of view and skips over a few things I'd like to see explained, but overall good. Investigating the origins of stories and the history surrounding the writers provides interesting insights.
Peri
If you believe that everything in the Bible is an absolute fact, not metaphor nor a human interpretation of ancient events, it is not for you. While it does clarify some events and personalities, it's a little too flip for my taste.
Kate
Got this book from Lisa's recommendation. Love it! I took classes in college about Jewish and Christian beginnings that I didn't learn as much about as I have now. And I am only ½ way through the book. Thanks Lisa!!!
Nancy (NE)
Obviously something that will stay on here a while as I work through this at the same time as I am doing some scriptural study - honking hardcovers - not something to cart around like other reads...
Mila
Funny, witty and easy to read. I like the way the chapters are outlined so you can leaf through and choose a chapter that sounds interesting so you don't have to read it in sequence.
Cat Kelley
Doug & I are both reading this so that we can have discussions along the way. I'm really enjoying this interesting and insightful compliation of interpreations of the "good Book".
Kimberly
A friend loaned this too me after I read The Red Tent and expressed an interest in certain biblical references. It is a good book. Informative and not religious.
Beth
Historical/Religious non-fiction is my antidote to too much genre fiction reading.
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