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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,017 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Miles Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 ambiguities 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.

In this close, careful, and inspired reading of God’s “life” as told in the Old Testament—book by book, verse by verse—God is seen from his first appearance as Creator to his last as Ancient of Days, variously powerful yet powerless, savage yet gentle, endlessly subtle yet mysteriously naive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A scintillating work of literary scholarship that will forever color, if not downright alter, our conception of the bible as a work of art…dazzling.”

    New York Times

  • “A tour de force…The twists and turns of this formidable reading offer more than enough to stir up people who are at ease in Zion, and those who are not…Mr. Miles has accomplished what others failed to try. He has made a certain literary sense of the character God.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A masterful, audacious inquiry…[Miles] has written a profound exploration of Western monotheism and the wellsprings of faith.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An excellent introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures that does not read like a Scripture commentary.”

    Library Journal

  • “A literary study novel enough to woo ordinary.”


  • Winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by EP | 2/12/2014

    " I could never really get into this book.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mallory | 2/8/2014

    " Overall I found this book very interesting. The premise is to read the Hebrew testament, focusing on God as the character in a piece of literature. It was an interesting point of view, and also provided some insights into how the Jewish community arranges these books of the Bible. There were also some historical insights to put the Hebrew testament into context, and also provided, for me, an additional fresh perspective for reading the Old Testament in the Bible. There definitely some moments where I raised an eyebrow or rolled an eye when I felt he was taking the literary reading of the God-character to the extreme. (For example, trying to bring a little bit of Freud in to analyze God? Please, no.) However, that may simply reveal the bias I have of growing up thinking of God as...God and not a literary character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/2/2014

    " I struggled with this for nearly 100 pages because the idea of analyzing God as a literary character was hard to wrap my head around, given the way the Tanakh/Old Testament* was written. Once I got beyond that and just gave myself over to the author's insightful interpretations of the text, I enjoyed it a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nesreen | 1/6/2014

    " Written by former Jesuit Jack Miles, God: A Biography takes you through each chapter of the Bible from the perspective of Miles' main character: God. Miles' God is fallible, jealous, angry, hurt, and sometimes petty. He is a lot like each of us except he's invincible and has much more power than we will ever know. "

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