'The Year of Living Biblically': What Does True Biblical Literalism Look Like?

A friend recently loaned me A. J. Jacobs’s 2007 book The Year of Living Biblically, a humorous memoir about the author’s year of trying to follow biblical mandates literally. In tone and subject matter, the book bears a lot of similarity to Daniel Radosh’s Rapture Ready!, which I read last summer: each is authored by a secular Jew fascinated by, though also skeptical about, religious culture in America, and each author ends up finding much to admire, as well as mock. The key difference is that, w … [Read more...]