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The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

It's so condensed, it's almost in code. Which is where the oral law comes in. The rabbis have unraveled the Bible for us in books such as the Talmud, which are based on the oral teachings of the elders.

When the Bible says to "rest" on the Sabbath, you need year of living biblically rabbis to tell you what "rest" means. Can you log on to drugstore.

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Without the rabbis, I'm like the protagonist of the early eighties TV year of living biblically The Greatest American Hero — he found a bright red suit that gave him all these superpowers, but he lost the instruction manual, so he was always flying into walls.

Some conservative Christians were also baffled by my undertaking. They said I couldn't truly understand the Bible without accepting the divinity of Christ. They said that many of these laws — like the ones year of living biblically animal sacrifice — were nullified by Jesus's death.

And I did start to have doubts. These were good points.

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I year of living biblically torn, anxious about my approach, my monumental ignorance, my lack of preparation, about all the inevitable blunders I'd make. And the more I read, the more I absorbed the fact that the Bible isn't just another book.

It's the book of books, as one of my Bible commentaries calls it. I love my encyclopedia, but the encyclopedia hasn't spawned thousands of communities based on its words. It hasn't shaped the actions, values, deaths, love lives, warfare, and fashion sense of millions of people over three millennia.

No one has been executed for translating the year of living biblically into another language, as was William Tyndale when he published the first widely distributed English-language edition of the Bible.

No president has been sworn in with the encyclopedia. It's intimidating, to say the least. Fortunately, I got a couple of pep talks from two of my favorite advisers. He calls himself a "pastor out year of living biblically pasture.


And you may not sit at the year of living biblically banquet table as them, but you have a hunger and thirst. So they shouldn't judge you. By the end, perhaps I'll be able to speak in majestic food metaphors like Reverend Richards.

I also had breakfast with Rabbi Andy Bachman, a brilliant man who heads up year of living biblically of Brooklyn's largest synagogues, Congregation Beth Elohim.

He told me a midrash — a story or legend that is not in the Bible proper, but which deals with biblical events.

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This midrash is about the parting of the Red Sea. But this midrash says that's not how it happened.

Moses lifted up his rod, and the sea did not part. The Egyptians were closing year of living biblically, and the sea wasn't moving.

So a Hebrew named Nachshon just walked into the water. He waded up to his ankles, then his knees, then his waist, then his shoulders. And right when water was about to get up to his nostrils, the sea parted.