The Folly Bible by Raul Casso

A factual and at times callous look into the stories of the Christian and Hebrew Bibles.

Raul Casso writes an impassioned book that picks apart the stories told in the King James Version of the Christian Bible, while also comparing scripture from the Jewish Publication Society of America version of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible). The book is well-written as well as keenly researched. No doubt, the author's legal background lends a hand to the professional display of factual discovery. However, at times his findings are tainted with a condescending tone.

For example, one of his footnotes reads: "I was by that time completely brainwashed (Casso 34)." Perhaps a less biased wording would be less abrasive and more factual in nature. Sadly, most Christian readers will find the tone of this book insulting.

Despite these issues, The Folly Bible provides a fascinating look at scriptures that built religion as we know it. Casso dissects Jesus as a person and as a prophet. He questions why Jesus would insist that his disciples keep his motives and miracles a secret from the masses, especially if he was sent to earth as a prophet to spread the word of God.

If Jesus were really God, obeying God’s will, nothing could get in his way or otherwise frustrate God’s plan. Any human involvement would necessarily proceed along predetermined lines.

The Folly Bible demands its readers to question everything they have learned about the Bible and Christianity. The unyielding and through-provoking questions beg you to think about religion from an unbiased standpoint. At times, the author's dislike for religion slips through, however, his questions still remain: What does the Bible really mean? Should we take the text

literally or try to accept that the Bible is filled with parables and fantasies?

No matter your beliefs or personal journey, The Folly Bible can offer a new take on "the word of God."

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