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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407080857
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
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The Harlot By The Side Of The Road

Forbidden Tales of the Bible


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A fascinating and controversial new look at stories from the Bible which have been censored, suppressed or mistranslated for political or sexual reasons, or banned outright by conventional relgious authorities due to their erotic, violent or mysterious content.

The Harlot by the Side of the Road is the first book to shed light on strange biblical passages which have largely been ignored by ministers, priests and rabbies because they semed too awkward to examine. Johnathan Kirsch retells these `forbidden' stories in con-temporary English, alongside thr original text, and demonstrates that the people in biblical times were as vulnerable, confused and prone to weakness of the flesh and failure of the spirit as any character in Homer, Shakespere or Dostoevsky, and wrestled with the same problems of the heart and mind hat still confront us today. He also explains how each story found its way into the Bible, why it was originally suppressed-and examines the rituals, customs and politics that bring these extraordinary tales alive for the contempoary reader.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407080857
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Jonathan Kirsch

Jonathan Kirsch is a publishing lawyer and a critic specializing in Bible studies (and other aspects of religion and spirituality) who has contributed book reviews to the Los Angeles Times for more than 25 years. Kirsch writes and lectures on literary, biblical and legal topics, and is the author of two novels, Bad Moon Rising and Lovers In A Winter Circle.

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