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Harlot by the Side of the Road


In this brilliant book, Jonathan Kirsch recounts shocking tales that have been suppressed by religious authorities throughout history. Kirsch places ... Show synopsis

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Edna M P
by Edna M P on Mar 1, 2012

I was very pleased with thee book and the rapid response.


Religious History and Teachings

by BruceHH on Feb 6, 2011

If one has not read the bible this book might entice one to read it or at least portions thereof. The author has written short stories based on biblical text and places the biblical text in boxes once can read as one reads the short story. However that is only part of the book. The author then provides an analysis of the story and places it in context of the times while comparing it to other stories in the bible. These stories are those that "have been censored, banned, mistranslated or simply ignored by preachers and teachers who found them too hot to handle." The 'forbidden' stories of the bible often shock and surprise the reader because they are not taught in Sunday school because they are "frank and mostly nonjudgmental accounts of seduction, exhibitionism, voyeurism, adultery, incest, rape and murder'. Kirsch also provides an appendix "Who Really Wrote the Bible" briefly presenting the ideas as to the bible's origins. At the very end of the book is a study guide presenting questions one can use for any book discussion group, maybe even a daring Sunday school group.


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by GeorgiaBoy on Sep 20, 2007

This is a book of expansions of stories in the Jewish scriptures which makes the spare stories there come alive for modern readers, It focuses on the more lurid tales -- probably to the delight of sceptics.

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