Academic journal article et Cetera

God: A Biography

Academic journal article et Cetera

God: A Biography

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Jack Miles. God.' A Biography. New York: Vintage, 1996.

Jack Miles, a former Jesuit trained in religious studies and Near Eastern languages, has written a complex, original, Pulitzer Prize winning biography of the protagonist of a classic of world literature, namely the Hebrew Bible. He analogizes his effort to Shakespearean criticism. To talk about Hamlet the play, according to one school of thought, you have to talk about Hamlet the man: what he said, what he did, and how he changed during the time between his first and last words onstage. Miles analyzes God in a similar manner, as the central figure in the character-dominated Bible.

God first appears as the Creator, outside history, prior to it, creating the world and Adam and Eve. We see him last as the "Ancient of Days," white-haired and silently looking forward to the end of history from a remote and cloudy throne. In between, God destroys (the flood), liberates (delivers the Jews from Pharaoh), gives laws (the Ten Commandments), and behaves in a variety of complicated ways.

Miles describes God's character in relation to these events by exploring a subjective set of questions: Why did God create the world? …

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