God: An Anatomy
ISBN: 0525520457
EAN13: 9780525520450
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 23, 2021
Pages: 416
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

An astonishing and revelatory history that re-presents God as he was originally envisioned by ancient worshippers--with a distinctly male body, and with superhuman powers, earthly passions, and a penchant for the fantastic and monstrous.

The scholarship of theology and religion teaches us that the God of the Bible was without a body, only revealing himself in the Old Testament in words mysteriously uttered through his prophets, and in the New Testament in the body of Christ. The portrayal of God as corporeal and masculine is seen as merely metaphorical, figurative, or poetic. But, in this revelatory study, Francesca Stavrakopoulou presents a vividly corporeal image of God: a human-shaped deity who walks and talks and weeps and laughs, who eats, sleeps, feels, and breathes, and who is undeniably male.

Here is a portrait--arrived at through the author's close examination of and research into the Bible--of a god in ancient myths and rituals who was a product of a particular society, at a particular time, made in the image of the people who lived then, shaped by their own circumstances and experience of the world. From head to toe--and every part of the body in between--this is a god of stunning surprise and complexity, one we have never encountered before.

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   An expansive view
I enjoy Francesca's scholarly research on the overlooked scriptural views of God. She gives us a window into the different ethnic and historic factors, that shaped the scripture writes descriptions of the deities.
   Once in a generation
A scholar changes once in a generation how we view a fundamental pillar of Western culture. Professor Stavrakopoulou has shaped our understanding of the language and context of the New and Old Testaments of the Bible. Using archeology, history, a consummate understanding of the literary and authorial construction of the text, she cracks the metaphors of religion and spirituality and reveals an intimate portrait of the people who created the Bible and the cultures encoded in it. Her brilliant insight is that descriptions of the gods in the Bible are physical descriptions of what people believed at the time that God looked and acted like. Not accurate as to measurements, but as a purpose. Professor Stavrakopoulou, backed by an extraordinary detailed and eclectic body of evidence, adds significantly to our understanding of the foundations of Western culture.
   The Pages Fall Out
As soon as I opened this book, pages and sections of the book fell apart. I have no content critic. I love writing in this work. But the spine and the pages of the books fall just apart.
This is the first book I ever received from Amazon that has fallen apart. I have read about 100 pages and have made notes, so that I don 't want to return the book. Two sections of the book, however, have loosened from the binding, I expect that the glue was defective. I used duct tape to try to secure the sections that broke apart, but it is not a successful repair. I bought books from Amazon for years, never before did this happen.
   Great book, awful bookbinding
I was very excited about this book ''. The cover is damaged and the binding is horrible!!! Just look at the pictures! I really need this book to send my work so that I can not send it back. I'm very upset!
   Amazing Book
Beautiful detail, but still so well written and readable for anyone. Illustrates how the old world and all religions sprang from the culture in which they found themselves millennia ago. Myth, documented with archeology and detail drawn exactly from biblical verses, explains how ancient peoples tried to make sense of the world around them. Shows how strange it is today that peoples and cultures try to make sense of the 21st century with pre-history ideas.