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The Year of Living Biblically

One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

By A. J. Jacobs

The Year of Living Biblically
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2007,
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Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers.

The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history's most influential book with new eyes.

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"Starred Review. Jacobs comes across as a generous and thoughtful (and, yes, slightly neurotic) participant observer, lacing his story with absurdly funny cultural commentary as well as nuanced insights into the impossible task of biblical literalism." - W.

"A biblical travelogue - and far funnier than your standard King James." - Kirkus Reviews.

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A. J. Jacobs Author Biography

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A.J. Jacobs is editor-at-large at Esquire magazine and the author of three New York Times bestsellers; The Know-It-All, The Year of Living Biblically, and My Life as an Experiment: One Man's Humble Quest to Improve Himself. In addition to his books, Jacobs written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, New York magazine and Dental Economics magazine, one of the top five magazines about the financial side of toothcare. He lives in New York with his family.

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