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My Jesus Year

From: ralphellectual
Sent on: Thursday, January 15, 2009 3:36 PM
Cohen, Benyamin. My Jesus Year: A Rabbi?s Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith. New York: HarperOne, 2008. x, 252 pp.

The fact that a number of Christians on liked this book does not speak well of it. A man raised as an Orthodox Jew, feeling blase, decides to check out every crazy Christian church he can find to see what he's missing. Apparently he finds this a rewarding experience.  I don't think, however, that were the author not from an orthodox and Southern background, and I'm guessing a fairly pamperd one, he would be so equinanimous about these people; a Northern liberal or irreligious Jew, for example, would likely be horrified by exposure to such goyischer insanity. Anyone, this fellow thinks being exposed to these fervent Christians made him a better Jew.  I'm not sure exactly what this means. I would hope at least it would make him a more paranoid one.

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