God Against the Gods by Jonathan Kirsch
The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism

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"Lively… points out that the conflict between the worship of many gods and the worship of one true god never disappeared." —Publishers Weekly

"Jonathan Kirsch has written another blockbuster about the Bible and its world." —David Noel Freedman, Editor-in-Chief of the Anchor Bible Project

"Kirsch tackles the central issue bedeviling the world today - religious intolerance… A timely book, well-written and researched." —Leonard Shlain, author of The Alphabet and the Goddess and Sex, Time and Power

"An intriguing read." —The Jerusalem Report

"A timely tale about the importance of religious tolerance in today’s world." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Kirsch is a fine storyteller with a flair for rendering ancient tales relevant and appealing." —The Washington Post


 

About Jonathan Kirsch

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Jonathan Kirsch is the author of the best-selling The Harlot by the Side of the Road and A History of the End of the World, the book editor of the Jewish Journal, and a longtime contributor of book reviews to the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
 
Published March 8, 2004 by Penguin Books. 364 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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according to Kirsch, the Sicarii, Jewish assassins who operated during the Roman rule of Judea, “literally invented the art of political terrorism.” More frustrating than this boosterism is the fact that Kirsch’s “untold history” has in fact been told countless times and will be familiar to anyon...

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The second view was, of course, inherited by the Christians, who had their own unhappy dealings with the Romans for a few centuries until Julian the Apostate met a Persian (or, Kirsch conjectures, perhaps Christian) spear on a dusty Iranian battlefield and in farewell, gasped, “Thou hast conquere...

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Kirsch's well-written reexamination of Jewish history tells the remarkable story of how Jewish diversity has contributed to Jewish survival.

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The conflict between these two fundamental values is what I call the war of God against the gods — it is a war that has been fought with heart-shaking cruelty over the last thirty centuries, and it is a war still being fought today."

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