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The God of Old: Inside the Lost World of the Bible

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Our notion of God today — all-powerful, invisible, and omnipresent — is not the same as the God of the Hebrew Bible. So who is this "God of Old?" And what is His place in the modern spiritual world? andlt;BRandgt; James Kugel is renowned for his investigations into the history of the biblical era, a time beginning more than three thousand years ago, when the Bible's earliest parts first took shape. With andlt;Iandgt;The God of Old,andlt;/Iandgt; Kugel goes even deeper, attempting to enter the pages of the Old Testament and see God as the Israelites first encountered him. andlt;BRandgt; The God of Old appeared to people unexpectedly; He was not sought out. Often He was not even recognized, at first mistaken for an ordinary human being. The realm of the divine was not as it is today — a spiritual dimension set off from the material world. The spiritual and the material overlapped, and the realm of the dead was a real domain just beyond the world of the living. Ordinary reality was in constant danger of sliding into something else, something stark but oddly familiar. And God was always standing just behind the curtain of the everyday world. andlt;BRandgt; In this groundbreaking study, Kugel suggests that this alternative spirituality is not simply an archaic relic, replaced by a "better" understanding. Kugel's picture of the God of Old has much to tell us about God's very nature, and about the encounter between Him and human beings in today's world. andlt;BRandgt; A book to treasure side by side with the Bible, andlt;Iandgt;The God of Oldandlt;/Iandgt; is sure to engage scholars and spiritual seekers alike for years to come.

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One of Harvard's most popular teachers has assembled evidence within the Bible that the earliest Israelites did not see God the way we do--as a distant, omnipotent being. Instead, their God was nearby and human in appearance; He inhabited a spiritual world that existed in parallel with the physical world, just out of sight.

About the Author

James L. Kugel is Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature at Harvard University, and a regular visiting Professor of Biblical Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.andnbsp; He is the author of a number of books of biblical scholarship, including andlt;iandgt;How to Read the Bible andlt;/iandgt;(2007), for which he won the National Jewish Book Award for best bookandlt;iandgt;,andlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;The Great Poems of the Bible andlt;/iandgt;(1999), and andlt;iandgt;The Bible As It Was andlt;/iandgt;(1997).andnbsp;In 2001, Kugel was awarded the prestigious Grawemeyer Prize in Religion.andnbsp; He lives in Jerusalem, Israel, and in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743235853
Other:
Kugel, James L.
Publisher:
Free Press
Other:
Kugel, James L.
Author:
Kugel, James L.
Subject:
Bible - Criticism Interpretation - General
Subject:
Judaism - Theology
Subject:
Bible - Criticism Interpretation - Old Testament
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - General
Subject:
Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - Old Testament
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
notes, indices
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.52 oz

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