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?
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 fir...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 5th 2004 by Free Press (first published 2003)
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Richard Hoch
Just finished reading it. Fascinating re-encounter with G-d as described in the Hebrew Bible (and some post-Biblical sources). Worth reading -- somewhat challenging for those of us who read the Bible in light of Maimonides or Aquinas, but definitely worth it. Kugel is an expert on the Bible who also writes clearly -- even if you disagree, you will at least know where he stands and why.
Rachael
Kugel presents fascinating insights into how various biblical episodes illuminate God's nature- stories we've all heard before but likely missed the strangeness of them. God was not an abstraction, but a reality close at hand and liable to break through into ordinary life at any moment. Angels, manifestations of God, would appear to biblical heros looking so much like ordinary men that the men and women visited did not realize it was 'the Lord' until the end of the scene. The world is not as it...more
Sue
Short & readable book exploring what the authors of the Hebrew Bible believed about God. According to this author, they did NOT have the same ideas about God as modern Jews & Christians do. Most interesting.
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