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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible! by Jonathan Goldstein
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Aug 18, 2011

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bookshelves: short-fiction
Recommended to Kristin by: heard it read on NPR
Read from August 12 to 17, 2011

I always love good revisionist writing, and Jonathan Goldstein was brave in re-imagining certain Old Testament stories in this text. While I found these stories somewhat irreverent, and definitely vulgar, I never thought of them as sacrilegious. I never found myself offended at what I read, because the author did not attempt to tell the reader more about God, but instead focused on a deeper description of the people portrayed in these stories. The David series lagged somewhat, as did the story of Jonah, hence the 3-star rating. However, the pieces on Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, Jacob & Esau, Noah & his family, and St. Joseph were, for me, poignant meditations on how God is able to work through human beings who are sometimes a little mean or gross, and always ordinary and imperfect.

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