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Garry Wills, 1934 - Garry Wills was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934. Wills received a B.A. from St. Louis University in 1957, an M.A. from Xavier University of Cincinnati in 1958, an M.A. (1959) and a Ph.D. (1961) in classics from Yale. Wills was a junior fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies mostrar mais from 1961-62, an associate professor of classics and adjunct professor of humanities at Johns Hopkins University from 1962-80. Wills was the first Washington Irving Professor of Modern American History and Literature at Union College, and was also a Regents Professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Silliman Seminarist at Yale, Christian Gauss Lecturer at Princeton, W.W. Cook Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, Hubert Humphrey Seminarist at Macalester College, Welch Professor of American Studies at Notre Dame University and Henry R. Luce Professor of American Culture and Public Policy at Northwestern University (1980-88). Wills is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his articles appear frequently in The New York Review of Books. Wills is the author of "Lincoln at Gettysburg," which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1993 and the NEH Presidential Medal, "John Wayne's America," "A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government" and "The Kennedy Imprisonment." Other awards received by Wills include the National Book Critics Award, the Merle Curti Award of the organization of American Historians, the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale Graduate School, the Harold Washington Book Award and the Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, which was for writing and narrating the 1988 "Frontline" documentary "The Candidates." (Bowker Author Biography) Garry Wills is a Pulitzer-prize winning historian and cultural critic. A former professor of Greek at Yale University, his many books include Lincoln at Gettysburg, Reagan's America, Witches and Jesuits, and a biography of Saint Augustine. He lives in Evanston, Indiana. (Publisher Provided) Garry Wills is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and The New York Review of Books. He lives in Evanston, Illinois. (Publisher Provided) mostrar menos
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Obras de Garry Wills

What Jesus Meant (2006) 845 cópias
Saint Augustine (1999) 836 cópias
What Paul Meant (2006) 603 cópias
James Madison (2002) 460 cópias
Why I Am a Catholic (2002) 438 cópias
What the Gospels Meant (2008) 339 cópias
The Rosary (2005) 200 cópias
Chesterton (1961) 93 cópias
Travelers' Tales GREECE : True Stories (2000) — Contribuinte — 31 cópias
Bush's Fringe Government (2006) 21 cópias
Jack Ruby (1994) 15 cópias
At Button's (1979) 8 cópias
What the Gospels meant 1 exemplar(es)
Martial's Epigrams 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Ilíada (0750) — Preface, algumas edições40,354 cópias
The New Journalism (1973) — Contribuinte — 337 cópias
Christian Science (1907) — Introdução, algumas edições282 cópias
The Best American Essays 2002 (2002) — Contribuinte — 223 cópias
Reporting Civil Rights, Part 2: American Journalism 1963-1973 (2003) — Contribuinte — 217 cópias
Saint Augustine's Childhood (2001) — Tradutor, algumas edições136 cópias
The Hidden Encyclical of Pius XI (1995) — Introdução, algumas edições103 cópias
Saint Augustine's Memory (2002) — Tradutor — 99 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum



Easy-reading look at how each of the 4 canonical gospels was put together and why they differ in emphasis. I did learn a few things, like how the writer of Matthew depended on a mistranslation of Isaiah from Hebrew into Greek in his creation of the virgin birth story, and how a certain Greek genitive plural form means both "thorns", which didn't grow around Jerusalem, and "acanthus", a soft-leaved plant which did. So much depends on translations.

Along with this book I also read the canonical gospels through from start to finish, which I think is the first time I've done that. I'd rank them in personal preference:

1)John: the most interesting and complex debates between Jesus and his opponents, and what may be my favorite story, the accused adulteress and "let he among you without sin cast the first stone". What WAS Jesus writing in the dirt there? And as a fan of memorable first lines, John really comes through on that measure.

2)Luke. I love the Song of Simeon/Nunc Dimittis. I always read it as it was sung on the soundtrack of the movie Hideaway; incredible. The parable of the Good Samaritan. "Father into your hands I commend my spirit" is my favorite version of what Jesus exclaims from the cross. Not the pathos of "My God, why have you forsaken me", admittedly, but I go for the literary formality.

3)Matthew. Seems strange to have the gospel containing the Sermon on the Mount down here. And the author created the best structured gospel, probably. Still, didn't quite connect with it as much as I did with Luke and John. Maybe I felt he tried a little too hard to explain Jesus' life in terms of the Hebrew scriptures.

4)Mark. Kinda botched the ending there, Mark! At least from the viewpoint of everyone outside the Markan community. Credit for going first in writing down some of the oral stories told among the very early Christian communities, though. The most succinct gospel.
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lelandleslie | outras 5 resenhas | Feb 24, 2024 |
For all bibliophiles and those passionate about politics and journalism.
fmclellan | 1 outra resenha | Jan 23, 2024 |
Another volume in this series that doesn't have nearly as much of a biography of the book as I would have expected - it's far more about Augustine and his thinking rather than the context of the book and its publication history.
JBD1 | Nov 22, 2023 |



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