Pocket Guide to the Bible: A Little Book About the Big Book
August 2009, Jossey-Bass
"Jason Boyett's Pocket Guides are smart and hilarious. And they're sneaky too: You don't realize how much you're learning because you're having so much fun." AJ Jacobs, author, The Year of Living Biblically
Americans consistently identify the Bible as the most influential book in history, but seriously: are you really reading it? Probably not. If all you know about the Bible are a few Psalms and the Christmas story, then you're missing out on a book that's wilder, weirder, and more entertaining than you ever imagined.
With a stealthy combo of entertainment and insight, Jason Boyett's Pocket Guide to the Bible fills the gaps in your religious education. It introduces you to the characters you must know, reveals the thrilling development of the biblical canon, and details the less-churchy parts of Scripture (hello, sex and violence!). Don't miss out on discovering
- How God employs talking donkeys, mentally unstable prophets, and helpful prostitutes in his master plan
Which moral failures may result in an old-fashioned smiting
Why Catholic Bibles include books some Protestants refuse to recognize
Whether your New International Version of the Bible may in fact be demonic
With Pocket Guide to the Bible, you'll finally realize what's so good about the Good Book.
BIBLICABULARY (A Glossary of the Good Book) 1
CAST OF CHARACTERS (A TO J) 31
CAST OF CHARACTERS (K TO Z) 63
WHAT HAPPENS, PART 1 (The Old Testament at Breakneck Speed) 87
WHAT HAPPENS, PART 2 (The New Testament at Breakneck Speed) 117
THE BRIEF HISTORY OF HOLY WRIT (A Timeline) 133
VERSIONS AND PERVERSIONS (A Selective Survey of Translations) 157
LIST YE BE SMITTEN (Biblical Flotsam and Jetsam) 173
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 189
Jason Boyett is not a professional theologian or historian but that hasn't stopped him from writing this book. His work has appeared in a variety of publications as well as on his blog (www.jasonboyett.com). He lives in Texas with his wife and children.
The Pocket Guide Series explains complex religious subjects with a lethal dose of educational hilarity, guided by the author's insatiable curiosity, humor, and gentle irreverence. The Pocket Guide series includes Pocket Guide to Sainthood, Pocket Guide to the Afterlife, and this book. Discover more at www.pocketguidesite.com.
The Bible, the best-selling book of all time, has never been short on controversy. And yet, most Americans know very little about the big book apart from what they learned in Sunday School.
Using his trademark humor, sarcasm, and slight dose of irreverence to entertain and educate readers on the complex issue of the Bible, author Jason Boyett explores the book’s weirder and wilder side in his newly released POCKET GUIDE TO THE BIBLE: A Little Book About the Big Book (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint; August 2009; $12.95 / Paper; ISBN: 978-0-470-37309-5).
Designed to painlessly tackle religious topics in a succinct format, POCKET TO THE BIBLE provides a brief and clever look into the characters, the cannon, and the controversy. Quirky content includes:
- A cast of Biblical characters and each of their high and low points in history
- The various versions and perversions of the Bible and why you should read them all
- Seven lesser known Bible stories that probably shouldn’t be told to children
Perfect for gifts, small group studies, or personal enjoyment, POCKET GUIDE TO THE BIBLE, along with the other newly released titles in the series – Pocket Guide to the Afterlife and Pocket Guide to Sainthood, is small in size, hip in design, and cleverly illustrated. After reading it, you’ll finalize realize what’s so good about the Good Book.