Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible!

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Penguin Putnam
A hilarious re-imagining of the heroes of the Old Testament for a modern world-and the neurotic, demanding reader.

In the beginning...there was humor.

Sure, it's the foundation for much of Western morality and the cornerstone of world literature. But let's face it: the Bible always needed punching up. Plus, it raised quite a few questions that a modern world refuses to ignore any longer: wouldn't it be boring to live inside a whale? How did Joseph explain Mary's pregnancy to the guys at work? Who exactly was the megalomaniacal foreman who oversaw the construction of the Tower of Babel? And honestly, what was Cain's problem?

In Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible!, Jonathan Goldstein re-imagines and recasts the greatest heroes of the Bible with depth, wit, and snappy dialogue. This is the Bible populated by angry loners, hypochondriacs, and reluctant prophets who fear for their sanity, for readers of Sarah Vowell and the books of David Sedaris. Basically, a Bible that readers can finally, genuinely relate to.

Jonathan Goldstein's new book, I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow, will be available May 2013.


Random House, Inc.
A hilarious re-imagining of the heroes of the Old Testament for a modern world-and the neurotic, demanding reader.

In the beginning...there was humor.

Sure, it's the foundation for much of Western morality and the cornerstone of world literature. But let's face it: the Bible always needed punching up. Plus, it raised quite a few questions that a modern world refuses to ignore any longer: wouldn't it be boring to live inside a whale? How did Joseph explain Mary's pregnancy to the guys at work? Who exactly was the megalomaniacal foreman who oversaw the construction of the Tower of Babel? And honestly, what was Cain's problem?

In Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible!, Jonathan Goldstein re-imagines and recasts the greatest heroes of the Bible with depth, wit, and snappy dialogue. This is the Bible populated by angry loners, hypochondriacs, and reluctant prophets who fear for their sanity, for readers of Sarah Vowell and the books of David Sedaris. Basically, a Bible that readers can finally, genuinely relate to.

Jonathan Goldstein's new book, I'll Seize the Day Tomorrow, will be available May 2013.

Baker & Taylor
Presents a collection of short stories that reimagine tales from the Bible, including "Adam and Eve," The Tower of Babel," "King David," and "My Troubles (a Work in Progress, by Joseph of N---)."

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2009]
Edition: First Riverhead trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781594483677
1594483671
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOLDS...J

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jeffi22
Feb 20, 2016

Love him on This American Life; had been reading a bunch of Simon Rich and I thought this would be similar. Doesn't quite hold up, has the imagining religious stories in real life aspect but just not as funny, a few boring parts. Still was a good quick read.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 20, 2014

The stories in this collection consist of consistently funny – though not entirely faithful – retellings of biblical stories, including such don’t-stop-me-if-you’ve-heard-this-one-before showstoppers as “Adam and Eve,” “Cain and Abel,” and “David and Goliath.” You may already be familiar with Goldstein’s work on CBC, where he hosts the radio show WireTap, and NPR, where he’s a contributing editor on This American Life.

crankylibrarian Mar 29, 2013

Series of short stories illustrating well known Bible stories, (Adam and Even, Noah, the Tower of Babel, etc,) with a decidedly modern slant. Using the framing device of a young Jewish boy recalling his father's outlandish and frequently unsatisfactory explanations, (David used a sling because it showed more pizzazz than a mundane stabbing), Goldstein ponders timeless questions of ethics and responsibility, often inverting the traditional view of good and bad guys. Would you stay inside the Ark if you heard the desperate voices of friends and neighbors calling out for help? Did Delilah perhaps have her reasons for taking down Samson? And why can't a decent Golden Calf salesman catch a break? Funny, thought provoking and often poignant

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iicydiamonds
Dec 21, 2012

I did not find this nearly as funny as I was hoping to. The reviews all said this was a hilarious book, but I guess it's just not my style of humour. (And no, I was not in any way offended by his take on these biblical stories.)

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musicv
Aug 08, 2012

I thought this book was wonderfully funny. A help if you don't know these bible stories. Very humourous. You can hear his speaking tone in the words that are written.

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jquickmsw
Jul 04, 2011

Thank you, Mr. Goldstein! Fans of his radio show, Wiretap, will already know and love much of this material. It's irreverant, witty, well-written (Goldstein is a very, very smart wisenheimer), and (oh,yes) thought provoking. After (or before) you read these stories, consider renting/watching Bill Maher's amazing movie Religulous. You'll never think of organized religion in the same way again.

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haPPY_FUn_baLL
Apr 13, 2010

Witty and entertaining without being too cutting, Goldstein fleshes out these bible stories and gives the characters in them some personality (they are mostly made out to be schmucks).

What's missing is the author's deadpan nasal delivery, which can be heard in his Wiretap podcasts on CBC. That's comedic gold.

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