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God: A Biography de Jack Miles
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God: A Biography (original: 1995; edição: 1995)

de Jack Miles

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Miles shows us God in the guise of a great literary character, the hero of the Old Testament. In a close, careful, and inspired reading of that testament - book by book, verse by verse - God is seen from his first appearance as Creator to his last as Ancient of Days. The God whom Miles reveals to us is a warrior whose greatest battle is with himself. We see God torn by conflicting urges. To his own sorrow, he is by turns destructive and creative, vain and modest, subtle and naive, ruthless and tender, lawful and lawless, powerful yet powerless, omniscient and blind. As we watch him change amazingly, we are drawn into the epic drama of his search for self-knowledge, the search that prompted him to create mankind as his mirror. In that mirror he seeks to examine his own reflection, but he also finds there a rival. We then witness God's own perilous passage from power to wisdom.For generations our culture's approach to the Bible has been more a reverential act than a pursuit of knowledge about the Bible's protagonist; and so, through the centuries the complexity of God's being and "life" has been diluted in our consciousness. In this book we find - in precisely chiseled relief - the infinitely complex God who made infinitely complex man in his image. Here, we come closer to the essence of that literary masterpiece that has shaped our culture no less than our religious life. In God: A Biography, Jack Miles addresses his great subject with imagination, insight, learning, daring, and dazzling originality, giving us at the same time an illumination of the Old Testament as a work of consummate art and a journey to the secret heart of God.… (mais)
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Título:God: A Biography
Autores:Jack Miles
Informação:Knopf (1995), Hardcover, 464 pages
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Uma interpretação da Bíblia fechada em si própria. Isto é, uma interpretação exclusivamente literária. Não corresponde aos meus interesses de momento, por isso desisti da leitura antes do final do primeiro capítulo. ( )
  CMBras | Mar 31, 2021 |
So far, it's a good read. He notices that the difference in the order of books in the Jewish Bible and the Christian Old Testament means that the evolution / change / growth [my words] of God differs. Also the fact that the Tanach consists of scrolls in no required order is very different from a codex with a very definite, unchangeable order of pages.
1 vote raizel | Mar 26, 2021 |
Jack Miles’ God: A Biography is a rather unusual and paradoxical work. It’s so because this isn’t about a person, but the Creator of the Universe. This Supreme One, who is unlike any other, is still portrayed as having human qualities. God isn’t only anthropomorphized, but Miles presented this character as a combination of multiple personalities – Creator, Destroyer, Warrior, Advocate, Deceiver, Trickster, Father, Woman, Protector, and Friend.
Because of these combinations God often acts indecisively, erratically, prone to moodiness, and after he created mankind in Genesis, took it upon himself to destroy their descendants in an awful flood. This Creator-God saved Noah and animals by showing a sign of a rainbow never to destroy the world again. But God later showed up as a warrior as he led the Israelites out or Egypt from the clutches of the Pharaoh. But later he was vindictive when he punished them with years of wandering in the desert with death and destruction.
The redactors of the Tanakh were caught up in a polytheistic worldview when they endeavored to show the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as monotheistic. This appeared to be the reason why Jack Miles’ God had multiple personalities. God had no other lives than to live through mankind who was the key to his existence. He didn’t realize when he told them to be fruitful and multiply that this blessing would fly in the face of what he himself envisioned. This book by its literary interpretation has brought to light original ways how believers and unbelievers alike could interpret the Hebrew Bible. Miles’ project was central in understanding the Hebrew text as opposed to the Christian Old Testament that is arranged somewhat differently. ( )
  erwinkennythomas | Jun 7, 2020 |
Winner of the pulitzer prize.
  AmericanSpace | Dec 30, 2019 |
Using the Hebrew Bible as his text, Miles shows us a God who evolves through his relationship with man, the image who in time becomes his rival. Here is the Creator who nearly destroys his chief creation; the bloodthirsty warrior and the protector of the downtrodden; the lawless law-giver; the scourge and the penitent. Profoundly learned, stylishly written, the resulting work illuminates God and man alike and returns us to the Bible with a sense of discovery and wonder.
  StFrancisofAssisi | May 31, 2019 |
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Miles shows us God in the guise of a great literary character, the hero of the Old Testament. In a close, careful, and inspired reading of that testament - book by book, verse by verse - God is seen from his first appearance as Creator to his last as Ancient of Days. The God whom Miles reveals to us is a warrior whose greatest battle is with himself. We see God torn by conflicting urges. To his own sorrow, he is by turns destructive and creative, vain and modest, subtle and naive, ruthless and tender, lawful and lawless, powerful yet powerless, omniscient and blind. As we watch him change amazingly, we are drawn into the epic drama of his search for self-knowledge, the search that prompted him to create mankind as his mirror. In that mirror he seeks to examine his own reflection, but he also finds there a rival. We then witness God's own perilous passage from power to wisdom.For generations our culture's approach to the Bible has been more a reverential act than a pursuit of knowledge about the Bible's protagonist; and so, through the centuries the complexity of God's being and "life" has been diluted in our consciousness. In this book we find - in precisely chiseled relief - the infinitely complex God who made infinitely complex man in his image. Here, we come closer to the essence of that literary masterpiece that has shaped our culture no less than our religious life. In God: A Biography, Jack Miles addresses his great subject with imagination, insight, learning, daring, and dazzling originality, giving us at the same time an illumination of the Old Testament as a work of consummate art and a journey to the secret heart of God.

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