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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
Can God's Life Be Written?
Friend of the Family--Genesis 25:12-30:18
What Makes God Godlike?
Liege--Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Does God Fail?
Holy One--Isaiah 40-66
Does God Love?
Wife--Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
Sleeper--Song of Songs
Ancient of Days--Daniel
Scroll--Ezra and Nehemiah
Does God Lose Interest?