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Riassunto: The God of the Bible's Old Testament differs significantly from the God of the New. Jack Miles is fascinated by both, and delights in exploring this endlessly intriguing subject from various provocative angles. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning God: A Biography, he posited the notion that the Old Testament God was a person, and then pondered his motives and actions as though the deity were a character in a novel.
Now he turns his attention to the New Testament, focusing on Christ, and presenting him as a literary creation based only partly on the historical Jesus. He regards the New Testament, in which God has become a man--that is, Christ--as an epilogue to the Hebrew scriptures. The "crisis" in the title of this unconventional reexamination of the four Gospels is that God-as-Christ is brutally executed to atone for promises unkept. Despite his divinity, his powers of salvation are limited, a fact made appallingly obvious when he is crucified.
A former Jesuit priest, Jack Miles brings his theological background to bear on questions that defy conclusive answers. In language that is both erudite and accessible, he encourages reflection and stimulates further investigation of age-old mysteries.
Recensione: Bucking the trend of books about "the historical Jesus," Jack Miles offers a purely literary reading of the New Testament--rendering Jesus as a character whose history spans all of time, from the beginning to the end. Continuing the work begun in his Pulitzer prize-winning God: A Biography, Miles considers the New Testament the next chapter of an ongoing story. The central question of this chapter is, "Why does [God] become a man?" In Miles's reading, God "has something appalling to say that he can say only by humiliating himself." The world's inherent flaws, its pervasive injustice and cruelty, comprise "a great crime" for which someone must pay. "Mythologically read, the New Testament is the story of how someone, the right someone, does pay for it." As God, in the form of Christ, pays the price for His own mistakes, the crucifixion "saves us from the violence that we might otherwise feel justified in inflicting on one another." Ingeniously argued and masterfully paced, this book presents an original and unsettling portrait of Christ. Whatever readers think of Miles's premise--that God is heroic but not saintly--the book will certainly force them to reexamine Christ's relevance to moral life. -- Michael Joseph Gross
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Descrizione libro Highbridge Audio, St. Paul, MN, 2001. Audio Book: Cassette Tapes. Read by "Voice of the Century" winner, Grover Gardner. Four Cassette Tapes in As New condition, housed in a plastic tray holder, in similar condition. Boxed in heavy cardstock Box, which shows mild rubbing, faint soiling and moderate wear to its extremities [Good+]. Overall, remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable: About Very Good+]. Codice libro della libreria 39213