The Disappearance of God: A Divine Mystery

The Disappearance of God A Divine Mystery Friedman probes a chain of mysteries that concern the presence or absence of God including the connection between Nietzsche and Dostoevsky who each independently developed the idea of the death of Go

Friedman probes a chain of mysteries that concern the presence or absence of God, including the connection between Nietzsche and Dostoevsky who each independently developed the idea of the death of God.

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  1. RICHARD ELLIOTT FRIEDMAN is one of the premier bible scholars in the country He earned his doctorate at Harvard and was a visiting fellow at Oxford and Cambridge, a Senior Fellow of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Haifa He is the Ann Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia and the Katzin Professor of Jewish Civilization Emeritus of the University of California, San Diego He is the author of Commentary on the Torah, The Disappearance of God, The Hidden Book in the Bible, The Bible with Sources Revealed, The Bible Now, The Exile and Biblical Narrative, the bestselling Who Wrote the Bible , and his newest book, The Exodus He was an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow and was elected to membership in The Biblical Colloquium His books have been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, Korean, and French He was a consultant for the Dreamworks film The Prince of Egypt, for Alice Hoffman s The Dovekeepers, and for NBC, AE, PBS, and Nova.

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  1. The silence of God is a big challenge to theists This book, which I heard about on the Jordan Peterson podcast, seemed appropriate to read on the subject The first part, where the author looks at how God seems to diminish and disappear throughout the Bible narrative, is brilliant His insights here on how God even steps aside throughout Genesis for humans are thought provoking I was wondering how he d tackle Christianity and he does so, as well as with Rabbinic Judaism, in interesting ways Its no [...]


  2. The first third of this book is remarkable, exploring the gradual disappearance of God in the text of the Torah, or Old Testament The evidence is consistent and solid My eyes were opened The entire theory that God gradually disappeared as mankind matured into independence with knowledge, understanding and ability made sense, in a biblical way Jump to the 19th century to meet Frederick Nitszche and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the former about to become literally a madman telling us that God is dead and t [...]


  3. The first third roughly of the book is dedicated to a study of the changing relationship between God and humanity in the text of the Bible I found the argument made to be fascinating and compelling, but also straightforward enough that I have to suspect it isn t as novel as the author claims Unfortunately, I don t have the background to formally judge the argument I felt that Friedman did an excellent job of making this section interesting regardless of the reader s faith.The second third looks [...]


  4. The first third of this book merits a full five stars Friedman s careful reading of the Hebrew bible gives us a fascinating interpretation of God s changing relationship with people throughout the OT I studied bible in college and have read through it multiple times, and couldn t believe I d never seen or heard his ideas before, even though they seem clear as day once pointed out.The second and third parts just left me wondering why he included them They re interesting, but far weaker and I neve [...]


  5. Many may know Richard Elliot Friedman for his books on Biblical textual research, but he has also written a very useful, and very wise commentary on the Torah However, this latest book is both scholarly and mystical in scope.The Disappearance of God details the gradual receding of the divine presence in the Biblical writings from the unquestioned companion and teacher of the Patriarchs, to the distant but still present redeemer in Exodus, to the absent deity of Esther Each diminishment of the pe [...]


  6. Richard Elliott Friedman is a Biblical scholar who has written a couple of books on the Old Testament Who Wrote The Bible is pretty high up on my list Guy knows his Hebrew, which is one of the reasons this book was so fascinating.In a nutshell, The Disappearance of God is about just that The book is divided into three sections, each detailing what Friedman calls a mystery The disappearance of God in the Bible Friedrich Nietzsche s concept of the death of God the similarities between the Big Bang [...]


  7. T i a p l hv zdy My lenky dobr , podan vysv tlen dobr , ale kniha je stra n roztahan Opravdu hodn Autor adu my lenek v dal ch kapitol ch opakuje Kdyby m la kniha t etinovou d lku, bylo by to ide ln.


  8. This book inspires a great deal of deep thought It is comforting to know that I m not alone in feeling like God has been absent for most if not all of history Unfortunately the last section of the book fell a little flat for me The author believes we should take comfort from the fact that the human race is growing up and making itself worthy of reunification with God However, this does not provide adequate reassurance for individuals struggling to find personal meaning in a world that seems to b [...]


  9. I m nothing close to a religious scholar, but I did find this book intriguing In college, it was a requirement to take a course on the Bible because the school had some historical connection to the Lutheran church I signed up for a section taught by an Orthodox rabbi, and this book was just one of the very interesting parts of that course It s divided into three parts that don t seemingly have anything to do with each other the physical presence of God in Judeo Christian texts, weird coincidence [...]


  10. Odd book, by the author of Who Wrote the Bible His theme is that there are three mysteries one involving the gradual disappearance of God as one progresses through the Hebrew Bible one somehow involving Nietzsche, that I didn t understand at all one involving Kabbalah cosmology which was interesting not naive


  11. stimulating but redundant work describes the diminishing role of god in the old testament nietzsche declares god is dead friedman then makes a weird parallel between modern physics and the hebrew kabala



  12. An interesting read It was also interesting because the author went into the relationship between Dostoevsky and Neische and I happened to be reading The Brothers Karamazov at the time.


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