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Don't Know Much about the Bible by Kenneth C. Davis
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Nov 15, 10

bookshelves: own, non-fiction, religion
Read from October 13 to November 15, 2010, read count: 1

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 successful applying his formula. However, I give it 3 stars because about 2/3 through the book I grew extremely tired of the author's humor, and wished he would just summarize the remainder of the Bible. Thankfully, the book contains an index, good chapter headings, and is easy to thumb through - so I'll probably hang on to it for its basic references. There was also one table that I found particularly interesting - the Gospel cross-reference listing of Jesus's miracles.

The best audience for this book is the person who knows very little about the Bible, or hardly remembers their Sunday School lessons. At the very least, you'll come away with a better understanding of Judaism and Christianity's intertwined relationship (Old Testament / Torah) - and a better understanding of these two religions' historical context. Given all the religious conflicts in the world today, and Americans' lack of religious education in school (I mean facts about religion, not faith education!) - a basic book such as this should be required reading for everyone! Unfortunately, we'd need the unwritten companion book - "Don't Know Much About Islam"!
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