Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God

Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God Review

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.

Title:Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God
Edition Language:English

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  • Kelly

    This is the "sequel," if you will, to the book "God: A Biography." I actually read this one first, and it really doesn't matter. He briefly lays out his hypotheses from the first book at the beginning...

  • Ron Charles

    Jack Miles likes big celebrities. Six years ago, he wrote a biography of God. His analysis of the Great Protagonist in the Hebrew Bible won a Pulitzer Prize. Now, he's back. And this time, it's person...

  • Paula

    Disclosure: This review is written by my husband who has a MTh.Rev. Mr. Daniel Laurita"Three things in life are highly over rated" an old mentor once told me. Two are home cooking and a Harvard educat...

  • Steven Williams

    In this book Jack Miles does what he did with god in his book God: A Biography on god and the Old Testament for god, focusing on Christ, in the New Testament. He describe the life of god as going thro...

  • Alex

    Loved Jack Miles' first book. You know, I really have no idea what's in the New Testament. Is it just Jesus? I don't even know how long it is....

  • Jeremy

    I’m really not sure what to make of this book and I don’t have a lot to say about it. It’s the stories of the gospel in a narrative format with some (perhaps?) controversial twists. For example,...

  • Daniel Headrick

    A literary analysis of the Gospels from a first rate thinker and writer. Changed my way of thinking about the development of theological reflection of the Messiah. ...

  • Richard

    It's my good fortune to have spent about a year in India over the course of the last three years, and I've often hosted first time visitors. Conversations invariably move to an overview of Hinduism, a...

  • Nathaniel

    I think my opinion of this book could be best summarized by simply taking the first word of the title and adding an ellipse. Books like this are the reason why nobody takes academia seriously anymore....

  • Henry Sturcke

    A continuation of the author's project of taking the Bible rigorously as literature. In his first book, God: A Biography, he treated the God of the Hebrew scriptures as the protagonist of a single acc...