How God Became God: What Scholars Are Really Saying About God and the Bible Read Online Free - This epic, thrilling journey through Bible scholarship and ancient religion shows how much of Scripture is historically false--yet the ancient writings also resound with theologies that crisscrossed the primeval world and that direct us today toward a deep, inner, authentic experience of the truly sacred.
From a historical perspective, the Bible is shockingly, provably wrong--a point supported by today's best archaeological and historical scholarship but not well understood by (or communicated to) the public. Yet this emphatically does not mean that the Bible isn't, in some very real measure, true, argues scholar of mysticism Richard Smoley.
Smoley reviews the most authoritative historical evidence to demonstrate that figures such as Moses, Abraham, and Jesus are not only unlikely to have existed, but bear strong composite resemblances to other Near Eastern religious icons. Likewise, the geopolitical and military events of Scripture fail to mesh with the largely settled historical time line and social structures. Smoley meticulously shows how our concepts of the Hebrew and Christian God, including Christ himself, are an assemblage of ideas that were altered, argued over, and edited--until their canonization. This process, to a large degree, gave Western civilization its consensus view of God.
But these conclusions are not cause for nihilism or disbelief. Rather, beneath the metaphorical figures and mythical historicism of Scripture appears an extraordinary, truly transcendent theology born from the most sacred and fully realized spiritual and human insights of the antique Eastern world. Far from being "untrue," the Bible is remarkably, extraordinarily true as it connects us to the sublime insights of our ancient ancestors and points to a unifying ethic behind many of the world's faiths.
|Title||:||How God Became God: What Scholars Are Really Saying About God and the Bible|
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November 27, 2016
Smiley takes an interesting and unconventional approach to the Bible. This is not the book for those who take the Bible literally, but for those who are willing to consider differing points of view this is a well-written book.
June 24, 2016
FTC Disclosure: I received this book free from Goodreads hoping I would review it.
June 08, 2017
>> An in depth compilation of scholarly research on the bible that can easily be digested by layman. A great guide for those who are thirty for the facts about the holy book and a great reminder for our religious friends on the true purpose of religions.
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August 04, 2017
Although the reviewers may call this book "epic", I certainly cannot express the same feeling.
I found this book to be full of holes and containing few sources.
I think "Hidden Wisdom" is much more comprehensive in the discussion of the mysteries of faiths.
May 29, 2017
It started out interesting and informative when speaking of the Hebrew Bible but once he introduced Jesus his Christian bias started showing as far as objectivity was concerned. I honestly would not recommended it and was left disappointed.
February 19, 2017
This is not a book for anyone who believes that the Bible is sacred, is divine revelation, or is to be taken literally. If you consider the Bible to be trustworthy history, then this is not the book to read. In very clear and straight forward writing, the author lays out what we think is true in...
August 14, 2016
I read -- and purchased for the library -- this book thinking it would mostly be about how the early Hebrew god became what we now think of us as the One True God. Some of the chapters dealt with this and gave me some new information to mull over.
Once it started talking more about Jesus and Paul...
November 26, 2016
I was going to rate this book as "3" because of its theological technicality, which is too tedious for my taste; however, in the very last chapter on pp. 247-49, the author explained "Levels of Meaning" in a way that was totally new to me and that made more sense than any religious writing I have...