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4.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 54.18 out of 5 4.18 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kirsch Narrator: Candace Barrett and Raye Birk Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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A multitude of Biblical stories have been censored, mistranslated, ignored, and even banned by religious authorities due to their erotic, violent, or mysterious content. In this recording, Jonathan Kirsch recounts some of the most startling and explicit writings from the Old Testament, those that dealt with seduction and revenge, incest and murder, interracial marriage, women's rights, and other explosive subjects. What emerges is a text whose real power lies in its unflinching view of the contradictions of human nature. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/12/2014

    " Really helps explain how and why women are treated the way they are from the Biblical times to modern time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coleen Dailey | 1/26/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It discusses many stories that are not emphasized in everyday church lessons - and provides some alternative reasons for why these stories may have been written as they were. A good read for anyone but particularly someone interested in Bible stories and their origins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/25/2014

    " There were definitely some disturbing things in this book. But there were inspiring things as well, along with a number of references on the construction and authorship of the Hebrew Bible that I'd like to go check out now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/19/2014

    " A fascinating book, but too short. It relies far too much on modern Biblical commentaries and critics rather than Talmudic scholars/rabbis, whom he condescendingly dubs "pious readers." Frankly, I'm more interested in 2,000 years of collected commentary rather than the last 50 or so. Still, Kirsch's book was enlightening, well-written reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Letty | 12/26/2013

    " very good reading keeps you saying wow "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 11/18/2013

    " Utterly fascinating book through and through. I could never look at Onanism the same way again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Snyder | 11/15/2013

    " Fascinating - six really wicked tales from the old testament - quoted and retold in modern language and then explained what the authors of the Bible were trying to get at. Stories that we missed in Sunday School. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 10/22/2013

    " Entertaining & informative. The author (whose parents we knew, members of our synagogue in Los Angeles) goes through some of the racier stories in the Hebrew Bible (Tamar & Judah; Jephthah & his daughter; &c.), retells them, & describes some interpretations over the centuries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie ME | 8/29/2013

    " Brings out interesting stories in the Bible about sexuality and the randiness of the people in the Bible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/10/2013

    " Here are the bible stories you never heard from the pulpit or in Sunday school. a truly fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alia | 12/10/2012

    " Jonathan Kirsch is a great writer and researcher. This is a great book to read and discuss...I appreciate his exploration of women in the Torah - he handles the topic very well. This book is a good read for men and women alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi | 7/23/2012

    " I love reading about theology. I really liked this book and it's insight into women in the bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Kattenburg | 7/15/2012

    " The Bible the religious right does not want you to know about. In other words, the real Bible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 6/12/2012

    " There were some very interesting and shocking stories in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 3/20/2012

    " Interesting book. Good bookclub book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey | 12/5/2011

    " The smut of the bible, done in historical context to relect on culture and take a new look at the lessons in biblical stories from the stories that sunday school avoids- heroine prostitutes, lecherous prophets, desperate woman doing what they must, duped men, incest... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 10/5/2011

    " The seven disturbing stories certainly had me protesting, "Why on earth is >that< in the Bible?!" Kirsch fills in many cultural and historical details from the ancient Near East to begin making sense of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 3/11/2011

    " Provides explanations to Bible stories that are often ignored. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/31/2011

    " The seven disturbing stories certainly had me protesting, "Why on earth is >that< in the Bible?!" Kirsch fills in many cultural and historical details from the ancient Near East to begin making sense of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mik | 1/20/2010

    " Fascinating read. Great author. Incredible researcher. I learned a lot from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 8/23/2009

    " There were definitely some disturbing things in this book. But there were inspiring things as well, along with a number of references on the construction and authorship of the Hebrew Bible that I'd like to go check out now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Letty | 5/8/2009

    " very good reading keeps you saying wow "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SmarterLilac | 2/14/2009

    " Utterly fascinating book through and through. I could never look at Onanism the same way again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/20/2009

    " Interesting book. Good bookclub book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/7/2009

    " Really helps explain how and why women are treated the way they are from the Biblical times to modern time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cleolinda | 12/17/2008

    " Kirsch reexamines, basically, the "dirty" stories of the Bible, long misinterpreted and whitewashed. You'll never think of the word "foot" quite the same way again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi | 11/21/2008

    " I love reading about theology. I really liked this book and it's insight into women in the bible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/1/2008

    " Here are the bible stories you never heard from the pulpit or in Sunday school. a truly fun read. "

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About the Author

Jonathan Kirsch, a book columnist for the Los Angeles Times and author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Moses: A Life and The Harlot by the Side of the Road, writes and lectures widely on biblical, literary, and legal topics. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, President of PEN Center USA West, and a former correspondent for Newsweek, he lives in Los Angeles.