Bible Books
Sex, Violence and Greed
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The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible
Jonathan Kirsch
(New York: Ballantine Books, 1997), 378 pp., $27.00 (hardback)
Many modern readers think of the Bible as a “dry and preachy” book, not having much sympathy for the all-too-human passions of sex, violence and greed. In this book, Jonathan Kirsch, author, book columnist for the Los Angeles Times and practicing lawyer, attempts to change that impression, to reveal the Bible’s fullness in recounting human complexity. In the process, Kirsch hopes “to take back the Bible from the strict and censorious people who wave it in our faces and to restore it to the worldly man or woman who will appreciate the flesh-and-blood passions that are described in the Holy Scriptures.”

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