Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Qur’an 2.0

February 16, 2022 • 10:45 am

Postings will be sporadic for a week or so as I’m making a lot of arrangements for my upcoming trip: paperwork, Covid tests, entry permissions, etc. It’s not easy to travel to Chile (or the Antarctic) during the pandemic. Please bear with me.

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “blurb” has a little coda: “it is kind of overrated”. But I’d say the Bible, is too. True, the King James version has some stirring bits, probably due to the translators, but I’ve always said that if there were only one copy of the Bible, and it was found in a used-book bin in Bloomsbury, it would be regarded as mediocre.

Here’s the Barmaid’s review of Mo’s Qur’an 2.0:

9 thoughts on “Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Qur’an 2.0

  1. Prof Francesca Stavrakopoulou, an atheist who is Professor of Hebrew Bible & Ancient Religion at Exeter University in the UK appeared with Richard Dawkins and others on a discussion program on the BBC some years ago and her opinion was that the ancient Hebrew of the Old Testament was quite good writing. Looking on youtube for something she has done I have actually found the very clip! She demolishes the truth of it very clearly too

  2. This time, the Barmaid has laid the groundwork for other reviewers and commenters to add their own flavors to the backside of the book jacket. Something along the lines of, “Fantastically usefull! This guide for effective organisational management covers all the basics and so much more!” –M.B.S., author of “Squeeze them ’till they grin: Managing cronies, coolies, and cannon fodder in the twenty-first century.”

  3. Something of an aside, but when I picked up and read “The Wasp Factory” by Iain Banks, it had exactly those sorts of negative reviews on it’s inside cover page(s). I think Banks intentionally picked the worst reviews he got to put in.

    The book was pretty good (I generally enjoy his books), but I have to say that the story content deemed horrifically awful by its critics did not quite live up to the reviews.

    1. There’s a youtube video of Bart Ehrman talking about the KJV that’s quite informative.

      The two main problems with it are

      a) the author* didn’t have access to good ancient manuscripts

      b) the English language itself has changed since it was written

      *the KJV was written by a committee but they used Tyndale’s translation very extensively, so extensively that you can argue he wrote the KJV. Also, it’s technically still under copyright in England.

  4. The Koran seems to be the opposite of the KJB. In Arabic it’s said to have a beautiful poetic sound, but in translation all of that is lost and one is left with the basic contents, which are far from a good read.

  5. This may make me more fanatically atheist than even the greats, the 4 horsemen, etc: I honestly can’t see ANY literary worth in the bible or koran (the latter I’ve read several times, the former not all of to be fair).
    Atheists like us should drill down more on the fact that without having them rammed into our heads as kids… just as stand alone fiction they wouldn’t even get published.

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