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God: A Biography

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Written by Jack MilesAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Jack Miles

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: March 19, 1996
  • Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-679-74368-2 (0-679-74368-5)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

In this acclaimed work, Miles offers a brilliant and original portrait of God--God in the guise of a great literary character, the hero of the Old Testament.  Using the Hebrew Bible as his text, Miles shows us a God who evolves through his relationship with man, who he created as his mirror in his search for self-knowledge, the image who in time becomes his rival.  God: A Biography is a work that illuminates God and man alike and brings us closer to the essence of the literary masterpiece that has shaped our culture no less than our religious life.

"God: A Biography marks a turning point in the history of Bible criticism.  Until now, no one has had the force of mind to turn the intellectually intimidating, two-hundred-year-old tradition of historical Bible scholarship to account in a vision of the Bible as a work of art.  Miles...has done this, and the result is nothing less than the recovery of God as the protagonist of the Bible.... Miles goes where history cannot go in a work that is as provocative philosophically as it is convincing artistically..... No one has read the Bible in quite this way before."
--Mark C. Taylor, Preston S. Parish Professor of Humanities, Williams College

"Dazzling.... A scintillating work of literary scholarship that will forever color, if not downright alter, our conception of the Bible as a work of art."
--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times


1. Prelude
Can God's Life Be Written?

2. Generation
Creator--Genesis 1-3
Destroyer--Genesis 4-11
Creator/Destroyer--Genesis 12-25:11
Friend of the Family--Genesis 25:12-30:18

3. Interlude
What Makes God Godlike?

4. Exhilaration
Lawgiver--Exodus 15:22-40:38
Liege--Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

5. Tribulation
Conqueror--Joshua, Judges

6. Interlude
Does God Fail?

7. Transformation
Executioner--Isaiah 1-39
Holy One--Isaiah 40-66

8. Interlude
Does God Love?

9. Restoration
Wife--Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

10. Confrontation

11. Occultation
Sleeper--Song of Songs

12. Incorporation
Ancient of Days--Daniel
Scroll--Ezra and Nehemiah
Perpetual Round--Chronicles

13. Postlude
Does God Lose Interest?