Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God (Paperback)
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Short Description for Christ With the same passionate scholarship and analytical audacity he brought to his Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller "God: A Biography, " Miles now approaches the character of Jesus. This is the story of a broken promise--God's ancient covenant with Israel--and of its strange, unexpected fulfillment.
- Published: 05 November 2002
- Format: Paperback 368 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780679781608 ISBN 10: 0679781609
- Sales rank: 370,831
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With the same passionate scholarship and analytical audacity he brought to the character of God, Jack Miles now approaches the literary and theological enigma of Jesus. In so doing, he tells the story of a broken promiseGods ancient covenant with Israeland of its strange, unlooked-for fulfillment. For, having abandoned his chosen people to an impending holocaust at the hands of their Roman conquerors. God, in the person of Jesus, chooses to die with them, in what is effectively an act of divine suicide. On the basis of this shocking argument, Miles compels us to reassess Christs entire life and teaching: His proclivity for the powerless and disgraced. His refusal to discriminate between friends and enemies. His transformation of defeat into a victory that redeems not just Israel but the entire world. Combining a close reading of the Gospels with a range of reference that includes Donne, Nietzche, and Elie Wiesel, Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God is a work of magnificent eloquence and imagination.