The God of Old: Inside the Lost World of the Bible

The God of Old: Inside the Lost World of the Bible

by James L. Kugel
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The God of Old: Inside the Lost World of the Bible by James L. Kugel

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. With The 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 Old is sure to engage scholars and spiritual seekers alike for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743235853
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 06/29/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 872,304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James L. Kugel served as the Starr Professor of Hebrew at Harvard from 1982 to 2003, where his course on the Bible was regularly one of the most popular on campus, enrolling more than nine hundred students. A specialist in the Hebrew Bible and its interpretation, he now lives in Jerusalem. His recent books include The God of Old, In the Valley of the Shadow and the forthcoming The Great Change.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is for the reader whose notion of God is one being omniscient and omnipotent. The author uses the Hebrew Bible to show that this is not the only face of God. So, if you have not been reading the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, then you might want to read this book. I downgraded the book because of the Bibliographic and Notes section and scripture. I know a book about God needs scripture. But these two areas take up 25-45% of the book. I also did not like the Notes being listed by page alone. The problem is that while one is reading a page, the reader has no idea that there might be a note or bibliography for that page.