• Christ

  • A Crisis in the Life of God
  • By: Jack Miles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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By: Jack Miles
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
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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. 

©2001 Jack Miles (P)2001 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Weaving philosophy and literature into his reflections on the Bible, Miles offers literary perspectives on the life of Christ that are at once provocative and revelatory." (Publishers Weekly

"Grover Gardner's baritone voice has a serious aura to it, and his pace is appropriately deliberate, permitting the listener to reconsider the Jesus story. Gardner certainly understands and communicates the intentions and nuances of the text in his reading." (AudioFile)  

"Provocative and deeply engaging....This is a spectacular story, and Miles tells it well....Exciting reading." (The New York Times Book Review

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Missed a lot of stuff

I also read his earlier book and think that one vastly superior. NT Jesus, viewed simply as the protagonist in a rich novel, as Miles does here, has many faults and flaws that are never even brought up or discussed here.

Instead we get a gloss of the protagonist. Ignoring most of the faults and flaws any objective reader can clearly see in the literary character of NT Jesus. For a look at this side of NT Jesus Miles mostly ignores I would suggest : The Bad Jesus - Hector Avalos

Thanks for your time!

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Very, very thought provoking!

I loved it, it'll was well performed, and most of all it was insightful and thought provoking. I'm ready to read it or listen to it again to digest more of what this book and author have to offer.

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God's purpose for mankind simplified

The whole bible and its purpose being explain in such a way that even atheist would understand.