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Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God

Abridged   5 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/22/2002

Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God

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In his Pulitzer Prize-winning God: A Biography, Jack Miles posited the notion that the Old Testament God was a person, and then pondered his motives and actions as though the deity were a character in a novel. Now he turns his attention to Jesus in the New Testament.

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Product Description

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.

Author Bio

Pulitizer prize-winning author JACK MILES, a former Jesuit priest, pursued religious studies at Pontifical Gregorian College, Rome, and the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and holds a doctorate in Near Eastern languages from Harvard University. He is currently senior advisor to the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. A former literary editor and editorial board member of the Los Angeles Times, he contributes to a long list of newspapers and magazines.