Plotzing Along, Trashing the Bible

51itovjza8l_sl500_aa240_Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible
Author: David Plotz.
Harper, 2009.

David Plotz is the editor at and there is much to appreciate about his first encounter with a complete reading of the Bible. As a person immersed in the Biblical literature, I admit to enjoying the chance to read a fresh take on the Bible that is irreverent and critical.

Here is the problem I have with this book: it treats complex topics simplistically. Plotz discusses intricate issues with a predilection for superficial judgments. Plotz is an admitted non-expert, but he nonetheless imposes his opinion on readers who know less than he does. The very nature of a web pundit’s musings about any topic creates a predicament: non-experts will trust the pundit as an authority (though he denies it vehemently).

Many casual readers will pick up this book and say,

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1 Response to Plotzing Along, Trashing the Bible

  1. judahgabriel says:

    Thanks for this review, Derek. You put into words thoughts that I have trouble articulating, particularly the “from a modern perspective” approach which implies a kind of superiority.

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