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Jesus and Yahweh : the names divine / Harold Bloom

Main Author Bloom, Harold, 1930- Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : Riverhead Books, 2007 Description [13], 238 p. ; 21 cm ISBN 978-1-59448-221-2 CDU 232 296.1
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The most controversial, explosive, and important book yet from the renowned author and critic. Harold Bloom uses his unsurpassed skills to examine the character of Jesus: the inconsistencies, the contradictions, and the Gospels' flaws of logic. He also explores the character of Yahweh, who Bloom argues has more in common with Mark's Jesus than he does with God the Father of the Christian and rabbinic Jewish traditions. In fact, Bloom asserts, the Hebrew Bible of the Jews and the Christian Old Testament are very different books with very different purposes. At a time when religion has taken center stage in the political arena, Bloom's controversial examination of the incompatible Judeo-Christian traditions will make readers rethink everything they take for granted about what they believe is a shared heritage.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Prelude: Eight Opening Reflections (p. 10)
  • Part I Jesus
  • 1 Who Was Jesus and What Happened to Him? (p. 17)
  • 2 Quests and Questers for Jesus (p. 20)
  • 3 The Dark Speaking of Jesus (p. 26)
  • 4 The Belated Testament (p. 43)
  • 5 St. Paul (p. 52)
  • 6 The Gospel of Mark (p. 58)
  • 7 The Gospel of John (p. 72)
  • 8 Jesus and Christ (p. 89)
  • 9 The Trinity (p. 96)
  • 10 Not Peace But a Sword or Divine Influence (p. 110)
  • Part II Yahweh
  • 11 The Divine Name: Yahweh (p. 127)
  • 12 Yahweh Alone (p. 129)
  • 13 What Does Yahweh Mean by "Love"? (p. 165)
  • 14 The Son, O How Unlike the Father (p. 171)
  • 15 Jesus and Yahweh: The Agon for Genius (p. 179)
  • 16 The Jewish Sages on God (p. 193)
  • 17 Self-Exile of Yahweh (p. 200)
  • 18 Yahweh's Psychology (p. 217)
  • 19 Irreconcilability of Christianity and Judaism (p. 221)
  • 20 Conclusion: Reality-Testing (p. 235)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Using his literary skills to compare Jesus and Yahweh, famed scholar/critic Bloom shows that the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament are different in intent and ends up arguing that there is no Judeo-Christian tradition. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Prolific literary critic, Yale professor and professional provocateur Bloom (The Book of J) here tackles the characters of the Jewish and Christian gods: what god do we meet in Hebrew Scripture? Who is the Jesus of the New Testament, and does he bear any relation to the Jesus most Americans worship? Does, for that matter, the Hebrew Yahweh resemble the first person of contemporary Christians' Trinity? Bloom, as usual, skewers quite a few sacred cowsAfor example, he dismisses the quest for the historical Jesus as a waste of time, and says that Jewish-Christian dialogue is a "farce." But in fact Bloom's major points are somewhat commonplace, including his assertion that the Christian reading of Hebrew Scripture laid the groundwork for Christian anti-Semitism. A fair enough charge, but hardly a new one; theologians have observed, and debated, this point for centuries. Bloom's real brilliance lies in his smaller, subtler claims, such as his nuanced discussion of the different ways Matthew, Mark and Luke present Jesus, his assertion that Bible translator William Tyndale anticipated Shakespeare, and his observation that, contra Marx, religion is not the opiate of the people but their "poetry, both bad and good." The book is learned, even erudite, and sure to be controversial. (Oct. 6) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

The most prolific American literary critic maintains a lesser career as a critic of the religious imagination. His most famous product in that capacity, The Book of J0 (1990), argued that a woman wrote the Torah. The American Religion 0 (1992) descried a specifically American kind of religious creativity, of which the greatest expressions are American Baptism and Mormonism. This book is more personal than argumentative and more literary than religious criticism, unless Bloom's frequent exasperated disparagements of Christian theology are considered a form of the latter. It is an examination of Yahweh (whom Bloom discriminates from God the Father in the Christian Trinity) in the Hebrew Bible and of Yeshua or Jesus of Nazareth (whom Bloom discriminates from Jesus Christ) in Mark, the one Gospel Bloom finds compelling. Yahweh is an all-too-human deity, says Bloom, and Yeshua is entirely human. Moreover, the two are akin in irascibility, unpredictability, and a penchant for irony. While Yeshua could be Yahweh's son (but isn't), Jesus Christ, a creation of Paul, the Gospel of John, and the rest of the New Testament, except the epistles of James, bears no family resemblance Bloom can see. The interest of Bloom's analysis is undermined, especially for readers knowledgeable about Christian orthodoxy, by his anti-Trinitarian carping and his confused statements about the Incarnation and Atonement, which some may see as symptoms of willful ignorance or even anti-Christian prejudice. --Ray Olson Copyright 2005 Booklist

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955.

After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts.

His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

Harold Bloom passed away on October 14, 2019 in New Haven, at the age of 89.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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