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Know-it-All Author A.J. Jacobs Tries 'Living Biblically'

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Know-it-All Author A.J. Jacobs Tries 'Living Biblically'

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Know-it-All Author A.J. Jacobs Tries 'Living Biblically'

Know-it-All Author A.J. Jacobs Tries 'Living Biblically'

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Author A.J. Jacobs tried wearing all white because Ecclesiastes says we should. He wound up agreeing. William Pelkey hide caption

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'Encyclopedia Man' on NPR

NPR's Weekend Edition tracked A.J. Jacobs' quest to consume the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica.

He spent a year reading the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica and writing The Know-It-All, an account of what he learned.

Now author A.J. Jacobs has accomplished another annually retentive feat: Living life the way the Good Book says we should.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible chronicles Jacobs' attempts to follow every rule in the Bible — and considers the lessons he learned along the way. (Read or listen to an excerpt.)

Jacobs is an editor at large for Esquire.

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The Year of Living Biblically

One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

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