Book Reviews of The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible

The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible
The Harlot by the Side of the Road Forbidden Tales of the Bible
Author: Jonathan Kirsch
ISBN-13: 9780345407498
ISBN-10: 0345407490
Publication Date: 4/15/1997
Pages: 378
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 6
Since I had just finished reading a fictional retelling of the story of the Biblical Dinah, I thought I'd move on to this book, which had been sitting on my shelf for a while. This book briefly retells a few of the more "scandalous" stories from the Bible (those involving rape, incest, murder, & such). The retellings are printed alongside the actual text of the original stories. Then, the author talks (at length) about the different possible translations and interpretations of these events, taking into account what various scholars throughout history have said regarding the stories, and how the events related were likely viewed by contemporary listeners, in the context of ancient middle-eastern culture and society. Kirsch is, overall, positive in his message, but is not afraid to relate the stories to present day politics, or to be critical.

It's a very interesting book - I think the "harlot" and "forbidden" stuff is mainly to reel in readers - hey, it worked on me - I don't read a whole lot of religious scholarship! But I found this to be a very interesting and illuminating book, and one that many many people would benefit from reading....
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Helpful Score: 3
Pretty interesting. It's not quite as racy as the title would make it sound
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An excellent, thought-provoking book on the subject of women, sex, and the significant role they play in the Bible.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed this book very much. I always knew that the bible stories have been changed with each new addition of the bible in small ways, but I had no idea that complete stories were left out.

It was very interesting to read the banned stories and I also found the timelines to be very interesting as well.
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Very interesting... whatever your religious views (or no), this is an eye-opener... highly recommend!!!
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Great untold secrets of the misfits and whores of the old testamentin the bible, a must read!!
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Forbidden? I did not know that! This book, however attempts to explain the reasons these stories were included in the Bible, giving us insight into the human condition as well as how "all things work together for good to those that love God"... God can turn the worst situations into lessons for us today.
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"Sex. Violence. Scandal. These are words we rarely associate with the sacred text of the Bible. Yet in this brilliant book, Jonathan Kirsch recounts shocking tales that have been suppressed by religious authorities throughout history. He places each story within the political and social context of it's time,... explains why each one was originally censored, and shows how these ancient narratives hold valuable lessons for all of us."