The Year of Living Biblically

  • von A. J. Jacobs
  • Sprecher: A. J. Jacobs
  • 6 Std. 15 Min.
  • gekürztes Hörbuch


After his hilarious chronicle about reading the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z (actually a-ak to zyweic), our fearless author, A. J. Jacobs, tackles a new intellectual adventure, an exploration of the most influential book in the world: the Bible. He determined the best way to explore the Bible was to live it, as literally as possible. For one year. There are 700 rules in the Old and New Testaments, A. J. discovered - some wise, some general, some contradictory. Some from Jesus, some from prophets, some from God. A. J. assembled a board of spiritual advisors: rabbis, ministers, and priests, some conservative, some of them "one four-letter word away from excommunication", who would provide guidance and advice throughout his journey. But the journey was, by necessity, arbitrary. DIY religion.
In The Year of Living Biblically, A. J. explores the Bible chronologically, from the Old Testament (crucial, given the 10 Commandments) to the New Testament (crucial, given America's powerful evangelical movement and its literal interpretation of the Bible) and lives the Bible on every level. He obeys the 10 Commandments, he is fruitful and multiplies (A. J.'s wife had twins during his year!); he remembers the Sabbath and keeps it holy. But he also obeys the oft-neglected rules, such as avoiding clothes of mixed fibers and refraining from shaving the edges of his beard (Leviticus 19:27). So, throughout the year, A. J. is commonly mistaken for a member of ZZ Top. Or Moses.
This is a look at religion today through one man's totally arbitrary, deeply funny, journey. In A. J.'s hands, The Year of Living Biblically is also fascinating and irresistible.



"[A] hilarious, quixotic, thought-provoking memoir." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A.J. Jacobs has written a - how else to put it? - Good Book. Let me take my review from the original, Psalm 2, verse 4: 'He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh.'" (P. J. O'Rourke)


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Ich glaub, ich hab was gelernt...Und das ist gut

Ich bin sehr beeindruckt über die Hingabe und Ausführlichkeit des Autors sich so mit der Bibel zu befassen...
Einfach nur zu empfehlen, wenn auch nicht unbedingt als Hörbuch, da ich seine Stimme nicht unbedingt als sehr angenehm empfinde, aber das muss jeder für sich selbst entscheiden.
Lesen Sie weiter...

- Birgit Held

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 27.09.2007
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster Audio