He is going to blog the Bible. The entire thing.
Or as much as he gets through before his wife kills him.
Plotz describes himself as a "not terribly observant" Jew, one who read the stories of the Torah long ago and wanted to approach them with a fresh and critical eye.
My goal is not to find contradictions, mock impossible events, or scoff at hypocrisy. [...]
I want to find out what happens when an ignorant person actually reads the book on which his religion is based. I think I'm in the same position as many other lazy but faithful people (Christians, Jews, Moslems, Hindus).
With two posts so far, he is already through Genesis 19 and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Despite his stated goals, he is already unearthing some curious contradictions and little-known nuggets. For example:
- Did you know there was not one, but two versions of Creation? Among other differences, the two stories place gender roles on very disparate footing.
- God does not always follow through on promises, like the one about killing Adam and Eve as soon as they eat the Forbidden Fruit.
- God hates vegetarians.
- The great flood seems like it was little more than a "fit of pique."
- Abraham was far less apt to kill the innocent than God is.
I'm not sure what to gather so far from two blog entries, but Plotz's fresh take is fascinating. And it does tend to further undermine biblical literalists (as if such a task were that difficult).
Perhaps a few of them should also give the Good Book a good re-reading, as Plotz is doing.