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Jack Miles

Autor(a) de God: A Biography

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About the Author

He has been a Regents Lecturer at the University of California & a professor of humanities at Claremont Graduate University. He is currently senior adviser to the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust. He lives in Pasadena, California. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Obras de Jack Miles

God: A Biography (1995) 1,911 cópias, 27 resenhas
Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God (2001) 538 cópias, 8 resenhas
The Norton Anthology of World Religions vol. I & II (2014) — Editor in Chief — 119 cópias, 1 resenha
Religion as We Know It: An Origin Story (2019) 60 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Judaism (2015) — Series Editor — 30 cópias
The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Buddhism (2015) — Series Editor — 29 cópias
The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Islam (2015) — Series Editor — 28 cópias
The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Hinduism (2015) — Series Editor — 26 cópias, 1 resenha
The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Christianity (2015) — Series Editor — 23 cópias
The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Daoism (2015) — Series Editor — 20 cópias

Associated Works

The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life (1998) — Prefácio, algumas edições660 cópias, 6 resenhas
Son of Man: Great Writing About Jesus Christ (2002) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Race Relations: Opposing Viewpoints (2000) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
Hebbes 5 (2002) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



read Bible as a biography
SrMaryLea | outras 26 resenhas | Aug 23, 2023 |
What sort of person is God? What is his life story? Is it possible to approach him not as an object of religious reference, but as the protagonist of the world's greatest book -- as a character who possesses all the depths, contradictions, and ambiguities of a Hamlet? This is the task that Jack Miles, a former Jesuit trained in religious studies and near Eastern languages, accomplishes with such brilliance and originality in this book.
PendleHillLibrary | outras 26 resenhas | Jul 3, 2023 |
My Rabbi lent me the book, after a member of my Torah Study (don't worry I'm not that religious) group inspired me to read it. I'll admit due to my lack of training it was a slog to read, but worth the effort. And that is despite the fact that the book contains one serious omission. This omission is the silence as to the civil society that G-d created, and that we exercise literally every day. This society, probably the greatest that has ever been created, has been partially incorporated in Christianity and is the foundation of what has become the U.S., Canada, Australia and other "new world" societies.

Unlike Miles, I do not trace G-d progress from a roaring, false start to a fading conclusion. I agree that the Hebrews constantly back-slid into paganism. Our Cantor (basically a singing spiritual leader, but in this case beyond brilliant) posits, I think accurately, that in the Hebrews' early years there was "monolatry" or G-d being the first among other peer divine figures. As a history buff myself I trace the Hebrews' halting progress not to G-d's initial enthusiasm followed by loss of interest, as the successful creation of a society that decried "placing stumbling blocks before the blind", that mandated fair weights and measures, that directed leaving the corners of fields uncut and, most importantly for my profession, the periodic forgiveness of debts.

As a lawyer in that field I believe that the forgiveness was necessarily situational, based upon need and not occuring on a blanket basis. I see the seven years as a ceiling on how often a person or family could utilize the "debt holiday." That timeline was enshrined into bankruptcy legislation starting either in 1898 or 1938, and included in the 1978 Bankruptcy Reform Act. It was heartlessly extended to eight years by a cruel Congress, but the "seven" year figure was of Biblical origin.

On a positive note I learned a lot about the later books in the Tanakh (sp) that I didn't know. I found it necessary to read intermittently, indeed alternately with a book I am reading about John Adams' representation of British soldiers after the Boston Massacre, John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father's Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre, by Dan Abrams and David Fisher.

So I give it a "four" because of its uniqueness and novelty, despite my serious disagreement with parts of the book.
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JBGUSA | outras 26 resenhas | Jan 2, 2023 |
The author is also the translator of Rig Veda.
CriticalThinkTank | Jul 19, 2022 |


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