Jesus and Yahweh

Jesus and Yahweh

The Names Divine

Book - 2005
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Harold Bloom has written about religion and the Bible throughout his career, but now, with Jesus and Yahweh, he has written what may well be his most explosive, and important, book yet. There is very little evidence of the historical Jesus-who he was, what he said. As Bloom writes, "There is not a sentence concerning Jesus in the entire New Testament composed by anyone who ever had met the unwilling King of the Jews." And so Bloom has used his unsurpassed skills as a literary critic to examine the character of Jesus, noting the inconsistencies, contradictions, and logical flaws throughout the Gospels. He also examines the character of Yahweh, who he finds has more in common with Mark's Jesus than he does with God the Father of the Christian and later rabbinic Jewish traditions. Bloom further argues that the Hebrew Bible of the Jews and the Christian Old Testament are very different books with very different purposes, political as well as religious. Jesus and Yahwehis a thrilling and mind-opening read. It is paradigm-changing literary criticism that will challenge and illuminate Jews and Christians alike, and is sure to be one of the most discussed, debated, and celebrated books of the year. At a time when religion has come to take center stage in our political arena, Bloom's shocking conclusion, that there is no Judeo-Christian tradition-that the two histories, Gods, and even Bibles, are not compatible-may make readers rethink everything we take for granted about what we believed was a shared heritage.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2005
ISBN: 9781573223225
1573223220
Branch Call Number: 232 .906 BLO
Characteristics: 238 p. ;,24 cm

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Alex_Ramirez
May 11, 2016

As much as I have read from this book, which is not much the author seems to have some kind of resentment towards Christianity, but not only that, to Judaism, his own heritage, as well. For some reason he keeps comparing The Hebrew God, and Christ, with characters from Greek mythology, and wise Greek men, like Socrates and Plato. He, however has an argument about the understanding of these two beings, depending on who you are asking. Something that too be has been obvious since many years ago. I, too, have attacked some Theological ideas and perceptions, so I am not against the writer, but nor in favor. The intrepatations that organizations and individuals have given to the Divine Names, is for the most part malfounded, or with a second purpose behind, as in was the case of the Catholic Church in times past. I would not know how to settle this if I was in charge of doing so, I have my own ideasa and interpretations, and I can't be sure they are the correct ones. I am no expert in the matter, but so weren't the ones who had, in the past, set the rules for christians to follow.
True, that we can't trust the texts that we posses, for we are not certain that they are accurate, though, they are full of extraordinary insight. And one can't help but to wonder, if they are indeed from Divine inspiration. Though, the book we regard as the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, Is compose of two main parts, the Old and the New Testaments. Which of the two carries more authority? that too, depends on the religiuos sect or individual we are asking.
As much as I can tell, there is no true religion this far.

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