God of Old Inside the Lost World of the Bible

ISBN-10: 0743235851

ISBN-13: 9780743235853

Edition: 2004 (Reprint)

Authors: James L. Kugel

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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 first took shape. WithThe God of Old,Kugel goes even deeper, attempting to enter the pages of the Old Testament and see God as the Israelites first encountered him. 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. 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. A book to treasure side by side with the Bible,The God of Oldis sure to engage scholars and spiritual seekers alike for years to come.
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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 7/5/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

About This Book
The Project
The Moment of Confusion
Not Searching for God
No Graven Images
The Cry of the Victim
The Soul's Journey
The Last Look
Bibliographical and Other Notes
Scriptural Index
Subject Index
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