Exodus

Humm … ok so … what rating did I give Genesis again?  A 2/10 huh?  I just finished Exodus … and uhh … wow.  The craziness in Exodus makes the craziness in Genesis look like a stroll in the park on a nice spring day.  Exodus is where all those 10 plagues happen, after all.  How can that NOT be insane??  It is certainly insane, let me tell you.  In more ways than one.

I’m trying to figure out how to organize this review, because this book could basically be broken down into two main parts:

  • Part 1: Moses is born and grows up and eventually he and God lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
  • Part 2: Moses and the Israelites are kickin’ it in the wilderness after escaping from Egypt, and God gives them all those commandments.

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Genesis

This is my first “book review” blog post for my bible-reading project.  I started off, of course, “in the beginning,” with Genesis.  This is a loonng-ass book.  50 chapters … from what I can tell it’s one of the longer books in the bible (I think Psalms is gonna kill me).  That’s just from spot-checking though, maybe I’m wrong.  But this review is going to be long because there’s a LOT to cover.  Though I suspect these reviews will probably get shorter as I go on, because I only have so much energy hahah.  And I gotta hit a lot of really basic stuff in my first review that I probably won’t need to re-hash in later reviews.

Anyway, let me start off by listing the good points and the bad points (IMO) of this book, and in the end I’ll give it an overall rating number.  I think I need to list my pros and cons before I can figure out exactly what that number is.  First, some overall thoughts:

This book by definition is meant to be a background book to kinda get us started on everything and give the backstory … I guess, right?  It’s likely for that reason that I didn’t find it to be very fulfilling in terms of learning any actual lessons or getting to the point of a lot of these stories (it’s engaging on a general entertainment level but I’m looking for something deeper from The Bible).  It seems that the book is more focused on backstory than it is on lessons.  Presumably we’ll get to those later on in the bible right?  I sure hope so.  Here is what I liked, and what I didn’t like:

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Bible Studies with Mary Ploppins

I started this blog on blogger, based on conversations that I tend to have with my religious family members pretty regularly.  Well my blogger blog actually was started earlier and it doesn’t have any particular theme, but I started this new one with an actual “Bible Reviews” theme.  I moved over to WordPress because blogger was annoying me … the lack of functionality.  There were a couple posts I did on my blogger account that led into this, which were this and this:

Faith vs. Ambiguity

Do the Right Thing

After those posts, I decided that I really need to FINALLY get to one of the tasks that I’ve been saying I am going to do (and procrastinating) for the past 15 years plus.  And that is to read The Bible.  The whole bible … cover to cover.  A majority of Christians have not done this from what I’ve observed … and when I was Christian I never did it either.  I just took in whatever pieces of it that my Sunday School and Christian School classes wanted to give me.  So everything I ever got was through the filter of someone else.

I made the decision around the age of 18 or so that religion no longer made sense to me.  But I’m thinking that to make a fully informed decision one way or the other, I should ACTUALLY read the bible.  So I’m finally doing it now.  I’ve got the King James version on my Kindle, and I am also using the “New International Version” on the bible.cc website along with that to help me translate the more undecipherable verses in the King James version (I’m actually reading them both simultaneously to make sure I’m not missing anything).

In a sense I think it’s almost a good thing that I was SO terrible at paying attention to the bible stories I was taught when I was a kid, because I can somewhat be a clean slate (and maybe a bit more objective) while reading it now, ha ha.  I mean not entirely of course, I remember the basics of the major stories, but I am finding that there are a ton of gory details that they don’t give you in Sunday School, now that I am reading it for myself.  And of course I can’t really be objective because obviously I’m coming from one particular point of view going into this.  But my lack of memory on the details definitely helps me to be more of a “clean slate” going in.

Let’s see how long I can stick with this little project, hah.