God by Jack Miles
A Biography

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What sort of "person" is God? Is it possible to approach him not as an object of religious reverence, but as the protagonist of the world's greatest book--as a character who possesses all the depths, contradictions, and abiguities of a Hamlet? In this "brilliant, audacious book" (Chicago Tribune), a former Jesuit marshalls a vast array of learning and knowledge of the Hebrew Bible to illuminate God--and man--with a sense of discovery and wonder.


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About Jack Miles

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Jack Miles is a writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications, including "The Atlantic Monthly," the "The" "New York Times," "The" "Boston Globe," "The" "Washington Post," and "The" "Los Angeles Times," where he served for ten years as literary editor and as a member of the newspaper's editorial board. The recipient of a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages from Harvard University and a former Jesuit, he has been a Regents Lecturer at the University of California, director of the Humanities Center at Claremont Graduate University, and visiting professor of humanities at the California Institute of Technology. His first book, God: A Biography, won a Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into fifteen languages. Currently senior advisor to the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a foundation supporting art and scholarship, Dr. Miles lives with his wife and daughter in Southern California.
 
Published March 30, 2011 by Vintage. 446 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Ares would still be haunted by an accident that took place when his brother, Malcolm, was a baby: Ares dropped him on his head in a parking lot, causing, Ares is convinced, his brother’s present condition.

Jul 06 2008 | Read Full Review of God: A Biography

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Former Jesuit Miles offers a detailed analysis of the nature and character of God as he appears in the Old Testament.

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Patheos

God as a being unfailingly just, desirous in the first instance always and only of a relationship with the creatures that he will create in his own image and with the world that he will provide for the living of their human lives—such a God is less compelling in literary terms than God as a being...

Jan 14 2012 | Read Full Review of God: A Biography

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Dan Cryer NY Times Book Review 4 of 5 Stars "In his brilliant new book, The Evolution of God, Robert Wright tells the story of how God grew up.

Jun 15 2009 | Read Full Review of God: A Biography

The New York Review of Books

But Jack Miles demonstrates in his new book that the paradox is only an apparent contradiction, that the picture of God in the Hebrew Bible changes and develops, and that it is the dogma of divine immutability that must go once we start to read the Bible with close attention.

Nov 30 1995 | Read Full Review of God: A Biography

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