Ladies and Gentlemen: the Bible!
Our next book group is this weekend, Sunday, August 25, at 10:00 am. We’ll discuss Ladies and Gentlemen: the Bible! by Jonathan Goldstein, A reinterpretation of the Bible’s greatest heroes and heroines with wit, humor, and a dose of psychoanalysis.
Sure, it’s the foundation for much of Western morality and the cornerstone of world literature. But let’s face it: the Bible always needed punching up. Plus, it raised quite a few questions that a modern world refuses to ignore any longer: wouldn’t it be boring to live inside a whale? How did Joseph explain Mary’s pregnancy to the guys at work? Who exactly was the megalomaniacal foreman who oversaw the construction of the Tower of Babel? And honestly, what was Cain’s problem?
In Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible!, Jonathan Goldstein re-imagines and recasts the greatest heroes of the Bible with depth, wit, and snappy dialogue. This is the Bible populated by angry loners, hypochondriacs, and reluctant prophets who fear for their sanity, for readers of Sarah Vowell and the books of David Sedaris. Basically, a Bible that readers can finally, genuinely relate to.
Below is the retelling of the story of Adam and Eve from the book “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!” by Jonathan Goldstein. This a brief excerpt from a longer reading that was featured on the CBC program “WireTap”, originally recorded in front of a live audience at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.