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The Resource The great shift : encountering God in biblical times, James L. Kugel

The great shift : encountering God in biblical times, James L. Kugel

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The great shift : encountering God in biblical times
Title
The great shift
Title remainder
encountering God in biblical times
Statement of responsibility
James L. Kugel
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A world-renowned scholar uses the Bible's own words to understand a fateful change that occurred during the biblical era, one that would ultimately determine the whole way in which Jews and Christians would encounter God ever since. A great mystery lies at the heart of the Bible. Early on, people seem to live in a world entirely foreign to our own. God appears to Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and others; He buttonholes Moses and Isaiah and Jeremiah and tells them what to say. Then comes the Great Shift, and Israelites stop seeing God or hearing His voice. Instead, later Israelites are 'in search of God, ' reaching out to a distant, omniscient deity in prayers, as people have done ever since. What brought about this change? The answers come from the Bible and other ancient texts, archaeology and anthropology and recent advances in neuroscience. Ultimately, the book leads readers to the most basic matter of all, the nature of humanity's encounter with God from earliest times to our own day. The Great Shift is a landmark book, the culmination of a scholar's lifelong reckoning with the foundational text of Judaism and Christianity. James Kugel, whose religious conviction shines through his scientific exploration of the Bible and the ancient world, has written a masterwork for believers and nonbelievers alike, a profound meditation on the apprehension of God, then and now."--Jacket
Summary
One of the world's leading Bible scholars summarizes a career of study to ask the biggest questions: how has the nature of God changed over time? What are the origins of belief and religion? Why is the modern West so unusual in its worldview?
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10576553
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DLC
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Kugel, James L
Dewey number
296.3/11
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BM610
LC item number
.K79 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • God (Judaism)
  • Spirituality
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
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adult
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encountering God in Biblical times
Label
The great shift : encountering God in biblical times, James L. Kugel
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-441) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part I: "A thousand ages in Thy sight ... ". Seeing biblically ; Joseph and his brothers ; The last wills of Jacob's sons -- Part II: Divine encounters. Adam and Eve and the undifferentiated outside ; The fog of divine beings ; Eternity in ancient temples ; Imagining prophecy ; The Book of Psalms and speaking to God -- Part III. Transformations. To monotheism ... and beyond ; A sacred agreement at Sinai ; The emergence of the biblical soul ; Remembering God ; The end of prophecy? -- Part IV. In search of God. The elusive individual ; Humans in search ; Outside the Temple ; Personal religion ; Some conclusions
Control code
ocn992689016
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 476 pages
Isbn
9780544520554
Lccn
2017019809
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)992689016
Label
The great shift : encountering God in biblical times, James L. Kugel
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-441) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: "A thousand ages in Thy sight ... ". Seeing biblically ; Joseph and his brothers ; The last wills of Jacob's sons -- Part II: Divine encounters. Adam and Eve and the undifferentiated outside ; The fog of divine beings ; Eternity in ancient temples ; Imagining prophecy ; The Book of Psalms and speaking to God -- Part III. Transformations. To monotheism ... and beyond ; A sacred agreement at Sinai ; The emergence of the biblical soul ; Remembering God ; The end of prophecy? -- Part IV. In search of God. The elusive individual ; Humans in search ; Outside the Temple ; Personal religion ; Some conclusions
Control code
ocn992689016
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 476 pages
Isbn
9780544520554
Lccn
2017019809
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)992689016

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