After A. J. Jacobs spent a year reading the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica for his book â€œThe Know-It-All,â€ he figured he had the yearlong experiment thing down. How much harder could it be to follow every rule in the Bible? Much, much harder, he soon discovered, as he found himself growing his beard, struggling not to curse and asking strangers for permission to stone them for adultery. Jacobs spent the year carrying around a stapled list of the more than 700 rules and prohibitions identified in the Good Book, and also consulted with religious leaders and spent time with the Amish, Hassidic Jews and Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses. He spoke to NEWSWEEKâ€™s Jennie Yabroff about his experience and his new book, â€œThe Year of Living Biblicallyâ€ (Simon & Schuster), which goes on sale Oct. 9.
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