Praise for Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God

From the Back Cover" 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

"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

"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."

--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 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

"...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

"This American 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

"A wide-ranging, eloquent and arresting account that treats the Jesus of the New Testament as the most exceptional, alluring and enduring literary myth known to Mankind...this is a readable and passionate book."

--Daily Mail

"Christ brims with ideas.... It's a lesson in how to read the Bible.... Let all great religious texts have such readers."

--Daily Telegraph

"Following Jack Miles's biography of God's life, we should have anticipated an equally powerful treatment of His death. He has not disappointed us."


"This stunning treatment makes all our preconceptions about God take second place to what we are told in the biographical account of him that we call the Bible.... Give your bishop a copy for Christmas."


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