In this brilliant and original book Jack Miles explores the life of Jesus as an episode in the story of God. Writing neither as a theologian nor as an historian but as a literary critic, Miles has written one of the most original responses to the Bible for years, as much for readers who respect the New Testament as a cornerstone of world literature as it is for Christians.
The author of God- A Biography, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, Jack Miles is a former Jesuit. He studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at Harvard, and has lectured at various American universities, including the California Institute of Technology.
'So should we give Christ a rave? Just about. It brims with
ideas, and Miles has a teacher's urge to find a profusion of ways
to explain those ideas.' * Daily Telegraph *
'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...As self-professed Christians in the West, including our own Prime Minister and the US President, take revenge for September 11, this readable and passionate book should give them food for thought.' * Daily Mail *
Elegant and entertaining. * Karen Armstrong in The Times *