Christ by Jack Miles audiobook

Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God

By Jack Miles
Read by Grover Gardner

Random House Audio
10.87 Hours Unabridged
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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 promise–God’s ancient covenant with Israel–and 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 Christ’s 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.

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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 promise–God’s ancient covenant with Israel–and 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 Christ’s 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"...an erudite and provocative literary tour de force that would make a perfect Christmas or Hanukkah present for believers and nonbelievers alike. It is truly impossible to catalog all of the literary riches in this reinterpretation of the New Testament. Susan Jaccoby, Newsday
The brilliance of Jack Miles’s new book on Christ is that it manages to “make strange” the best-known story in history. Edward Skidelsky, The New Statesman
As a way of seeing, Miles’s book has great power and depth. Though he does not try to solve the problem of evil, his book gives us, with horrid clarity, the vision of a culpable, guilty, and finally atoning God... James Wood, The New Yorker
The faithful may be disturbed by Miles’ reading of the Bible as a portrait of a God capable of changing his mind... But Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God is, like Miles’ previous book, a stimulating, challenging work.--Charles Matthews, San Jose Mercury
"...a literary vision of Christ with more insight, warmth, and verve (not to mention chutzpah), that have been seen...for many a year. Peter Heinegg, America
"...a daring critic who can provide his own translations of Hebrew and Greek. Regardless of our agreement or disagreement with him, he prods us to read these familiar stories afresh, with all their original suspense and drama, his analysis serving as an invitation for our own. Ron Charles, Christian Science Monitor
Miles is a master, provocative and accessible, in presenting a God who is ambivalent, hesitant, moody, offhand, remote and opaque.... All in all, this is the most compelling page-turner of the year. Bill Bell, New York Daily News
“Provocative and deeply engaging…This is a spectacular story, and Miles tells it well…Exciting reading.” New York Times Book Review
This American ex-Jesuit...is a resuscitation artist. His style is exceptionally riveting. His theses are daring, his perspectives astonishing, his insights as daring as they are witty. Ludger LŸtkehaus, Die Zeit, Hamburg
“[Jack Miles] is a daring critic…Regardless of our agreement or disagreement with him, he prods us to read these familiar stories afresh, with all their original suspense and drama, his analysis serving as an invitation for our own.” Christian Science Monitor
“No one who reads it will be able to think about even the most familiar Biblical scenes in quite the same way.” Newsday
“The brilliance of Jack Miles’s new book on Christ is that it manages to ‘make strange’ the best-known story in history…Startlingly original.” New Statesman
“Miles is a master, provocative, and accessible, in presenting a God who is ambivalent, hesitant, moody, offhand, remote, and opaque: a reluctant supernatural magician…This is the most compelling page-turner of the year.” New York Daily News
“As literary interpreters go, Miles does a lovely job…Often thrilling.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Brims with ideas, and Miles has a teacher’s urge to find a profusion of ways to explain those ideas…Let all great religious texts have such enlightened readers.” Daily Telegraph (London)
Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God is, like Miles’s previous book, a stimulating, challenging work.” San Jose Mercury News

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Author Bio: Jack Miles

Author Bio: Jack Miles

Jack Miles is a writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and theLos Angeles Times. He earned a PhD in Near Eastern languages from Harvard University and is a former Jesuit. His first book, God: A Biography, won a Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into fifteen languages. He is senior advisor to the president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a foundation supporting art and scholarship.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 10.87
Audience: Adult
Language: English