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The Year of Living Biblically

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The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
Front cover of the hardcover edition
AuthorA. J. Jacobs
SubjectOld Testament, New Testament, Judaism, Christianity
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
Publication placeUnited States
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LC ClassBS511.3 .J33 2007

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to follow the Bible as Literally as Possible is a book by A. J. Jacobs, an editor at Esquire magazine, published in 2007. The book describes a year that the author said he spent trying to follow all the rules and guidelines he could find in the Bible, which turned out to be more than 700.


In the book, Jacobs discusses biblical rules, both the obscure and the well-known, and tries to follow them as literally as possible. He even attempts to stone an adulterer and to offer animal sacrifice. He also goes to visit numerous religious groups in order to show their particular views on the Bible, as well as their methods of worship. Some of the people Jacobs meets and talks to in the book:


In 2007 it was reported that the book was being adapted into a feature film to be produced by Paramount Pictures and Brad Pitt's Plan B production company and directed by Julian Farino.[1][2] But in late October 2015 it was announced that CBS Television secured the rights and will begin production on a TV series.[3] In May 2017, CBS picked up a TV series based on the book with the working title By the Book.[4] Under title Living Biblically, the series began airing on CBS on February 26, 2018, but was canceled after its first season, with 13 episodes airing.[5][6]

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  1. ^ "The Year of Living Biblically". IMDb. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  2. ^ "Paramount Developing 'Year of Living Biblically'". Cinematical.com. 9 June 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  3. ^ "The Year of Living Biblically". Fox News. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-05-12). "'Living Biblically' Comedy Picked Up To Series By CBS, Renamed As 'By The Book'". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  5. ^ Nemetz, Dave (19 April 2018). "Living Biblically Pulled From CBS Lineup, Replaced by Big Bang Reruns".
  6. ^ Kimball, Trevor (11 May 2018). "Living Biblically: Cancelled Sitcom Returning to CBS". tvseriesfinale.com.

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