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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30,426 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. J. Jacobs Narrator: A. J. Jacobs Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this timely and fascinating audiobook, A.J. Jacobs tries to follow such famous Scriptural laws as the Ten Commandments, be fruitful and multiply, and love your neighbor. But he also obeys dozens of less-publicized instructions, including growing a beard, avoiding clothes of mixed fibers and, yes, stoning adulterers.


Jacobs, who was raised in a secular household, dives headfirst into the most influential book of all time. He assembles a board of spiritual advisors, studies the Old and New Testaments, grows a beard so unruly that he is regularly mistaken for a member of ZZ Top, immerses himself in prayer—even tends sheep in the Negev desert. His discoveries about himself and the Bible are both surprising and profound.

With the Bible—and its literal interpretation—remaining a mighty force in American society, Jacobs embeds himself in a cross-section of remarkable Biblical communities, from a Kentucky-based creationist museum to the Pennsylvania Amish, from Christian charity workers to Hasidic Jews. The result is a story that will captivate secular and religious alike.

Respectful and hilarious in equal measures, The Year of Living Biblically is at once an irresistible listen, a vital exploration of religion in America today, and a genuinely moving spiritual journey.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Witty and entertaining.” 

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Engaging…comical…full of curious lore.” 

    Independent on Sunday (London)

  • “Throughout his journey, 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.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “If he starts out sounding like an interminable Ira Glass monologue, smarmy and name-dropping, he becomes much less off-putting as the year progresses, for he develops a serious conscience about such quotidian failings as self-centeredness, lying, swearing, and disparaging others. He may not be, he may never become, a moral giant, but he certainly seems to be a nicer guy.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug Wilcox | 2/20/2014

    " I couldn't put this one down. Fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Buccleugh | 2/7/2014

    " So funny. Made me want to read the Old Testament. I am lost somewhere in exodus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James Courtney | 1/31/2014

    " I liked this book, honestly. I was more amused though, than entertained. This is probably due to my religious upbringing. But I will say that I still learned more about the old testament than I ever thought I would. Once I got passed my own prejudice about the idea of living biblically, literally, I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amanda Talbert | 1/21/2014

    " Very interesting. The author is an agnostic who decides to live an entire year by following every Biblical "law" literally. Yes, this even means researching animal sacrifices, female impurity laws, and loving your neighbor. I learned many things about the different religious sects that are tied to Judaism and Christianity... some give Christianity a bad reputation in my opinion, but I appreciate being informed. It was an easy read and intriguing. "

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