f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: When an Ignoramus Blogs the Bible

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

When an Ignoramus Blogs the Bible

A proud but non-observant Jew who self-identifies as an "ignoramus" decides to actually read the Bible. And blogs about about it at Slate.

My goal is pretty simple. 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). I love Judaism; I love (most of) the lessons it has taught me about how to live in the world; and yet I realized I am fundamentally ignorant about its foundation, its essential document. So, what will happen if I approach my Bible empty, unmediated by teachers or rabbis or parents? What will delight and horrify me? How will the Bible relate to the religion I practice, and the lessons I thought I learned in synagogue and Hebrew School?

I don't know if he intends to keep going into the New Testament.