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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Miles Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9781598871555
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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. Miles 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 7/24/2013

    " A wonderful book that really changed the way I look at things. A deep read, but easy to take important lessons from. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 11/18/2012

    " Conceptually very interesting, but it was a very heavy read and I don't enjoy having to continually put books down to let them "breathe". I'm glad I made notes so I can look back and know I didn't imagine how bogged down I felt when I first read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 9/19/2012

    " Fantastic... this will reinvigorate your spiritual imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marguerite | 5/16/2008

    " A nice follow to Miles' literary analysis of the Old Testament. I like the exploration of Jesus' varied NT roles. I still believe the image of God/Jesus as bridegroom/husband invites abuse and rationalization, though. Can't we just be friends? Both of Miles' books will merit re-reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edgar Sandoval | 4/20/2008

    " What made GOD go from a warrior/blood-thirsty/vengeful/-all-powerful invisible entity to a mortal miracle maker hell-bent on suicide? Pick up this stellar book (I dont usually use the world stellar all that much either)and find out. Just the facts Mam' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Budget Books | 10/27/2007

    " Richard says: This was a completely original interpretation of the life of Christ, and gave a fresh insight into the Gospels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 matt | 4/24/2005

    " Excellent on first blush. J Miles can really write and his analytical skills (not simply textual, mind) are filed to a fine, sharp needle "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silvio Renzulli | 5/17/2004

    " As good as God A Biography. Another spellbinding read! "

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About the Author
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.
About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.