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Product details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Blast Books,U.S. (29 Sept. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922233179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922233175
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Bible is a thick, imposing, often unreadable, damnedly religious book. Most people don't have the time or the patience even to attempt reading it. But everyone knows they're supposed to know what's in the world's most widely quoted book. To whom can you turn? Ken Smith, co-author of the best-selling Roadside America books, goes where traditional Bible authorities fear to tread. Ken's Guide to the Bible takes you directly to the Good Book's naughty parts and wastes no time on the stuff you already know. With hammerhead precision and pig-iron wit, this compact volume lays bare all the sex, gore, and lunacy that the Bible has to offer. Read Ken's Guide to the Bible and you'll know more about the Good Book than most televangelists, Christian rockers, and conservative school-board members put together!

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By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
These passages are not take out of context. We see clearly where God calls upon his chosen people to commit genocide over and over again. Whackiness, violence, woman bashing, and other weird things.
It is clear that those who wrote the negitive reviews are of that particuliar type that will believe 2+2=5 no matter what you show them.
It is a great source material for all your judea-christian bashing needs.
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By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2001
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I can't really add much more to the rest of these reviews except to add a five star vote. I don't agree with some of the comments from the bad reviews about Ken taking the time frame wrong, I have a good understanding of the history of the time and I can't really see too many inconsistencies, excepting for an occasional dig for humour's sake. If you object to people poking fun at the bible, then perhaps you should rethink the whole concept of "faith". Any serious Christian I would think could read this book with a wry smile on their face and to be fair, perhaps anyone who reads this and gets a lot from it should maybe read the relevant bits of the bible as well, to balance Ken's views and to form your own opinions.
Still a book everyone should read though!
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By A Customer on 24 Jun. 1999
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Ken's Guide To The Bible is an enjoyable, quick read, but is not complete enough for readers not completely familiar with scripture. While Mr. Smith's analysis is often amusing, a lot of times, he does not print the passages he is interpreting, and the reader is not able to draw thier own conclusions about his interpretations. A better read for people interested in this kind of stuff would be "Don't Know Much About The bible" By Kenneth C. Davis. Mr Davis offers the in depth analysis that Mr. Smith is lacking. I did like Mr. Smith's theory that Jesus may have been a fatso,though.
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Just from the dedication alone I knew this tome was going to be hilarious: "For Uzzah the ox-cart driver who deserved better."
Smith not only puts a humorous twist to many of the Bible's passages, but points out in all seriousness some of the more atrocious, vulgar, and nauseating verses eminating from the Christian God of "love." If you've read the Bible, this book is a must read because Smith gives us examples that each and everyone of us probably missed somewhere down the line.
Smith ends his book with the following: "'...the time is near,' Jesus says in the Bible's final chapter. 'I am coming soon!' Two thousand years later, the faithful still wait." If history has been correct so far, today's Christians may be a little disappointed when he doesn't show up. Good luck, though! In the meantime, I have a life to live on this planet and I certainly hope Ken Smith has more books like this in him.
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Finally, a book of Biblical criticism with a sense of humor! There are several long-winded books that show all of the inconcisticies and barbarities in the Bible, but this is the only one I've read that made me laugh out loud.
It's packaged in a "quick reference" format, with icons in the margins showing the passages that are particulary gory, women-hating, wacky, etc. You can read the whole thing in a day, but you'll probably find yourself referring to it again.
If you're looking for a scholarly disassembly of the Bible, this isn't the one to get. If you're looking for something that pokes fun at the most sacred of sacred cows, give it a try.
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I found this book as I was thinking of churning something similar out myself and was checking to see if someone had thought it up first. Thankfully Ken Smith saved me the task of ploughing through the strange time which is the Bible!

Having been discussing my religious upbringing (ha!) with my wife recently I had questioned my memory of much of the weird and seemingly immoral morality tales that had been espoused to me by my strict upright headteacher of lower school and the ultra-religious, ultra-celibate miserable-faced woman who was always talking about how much joy she felt of my C of E middle school (who later turned bulldyke and ran off with her girlfriend to the consternation of the whole church - whether she was outed on the annual church outing is anyone's guess!). Surely these tales were some trick of memory!?! Surely this little 6 year old sitting on the floor with hundreds of other 5-8 years olds were not subjected by law daily to tales of prostitutes and virgins (though no one actually told us what the terms meant as we were too awestruck to question the word of god), kings being struck by lightning for worshipping of idols (though everyone at school was "Christian" by default except the token Jewish kid and would never dream of worshipping a statue of a calf), seas being parted so Moses' mates could get across (never saw this on holiday at the seaside and no one dared question why he could not just take the ferry) and all manner of other weirdness. Thankfully my memory served me well and the strange, twisted parables of the Bible were efficiently transmitted to my junior mind as the law then demanded, and it gave much amusement to this heathen adult to reinspect the bucket of crap which we legally had to be dealt daily. Ken effectively points out The Bible really is a weird book filled with sex and violence and if it they just dropped the religion part it would probably be quite popular.
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