Some ancient civilizations, notably the Babylonians and the Israelites, held fast to the belief that their particular god or gods were stronger than all other heavenly powers and gods combined, supremely able to protect their well being and success as a nation This belief which resounds in the modern day rallying cry God is on our side led to some foolhardy and rash decisions, particularly when it came to war For a nation defeated or conquered by a foreign power inevitably faced the profound, perplexing question Why did our God, who has sworn to protect us, allow this to happen Jonathan A Goldstein turns to the religious literature of these ancient peoples to discover how they reconciled their beliefs with the realities of history In a magnificent blend of several academic disciples literary criticism, political theory, biblical and classical history , he compares and contrasts the responses of different eras and nations from the Israelites, Babylonians, and Egyptians to the Zoroastrians, Iranians, and Persians under Alexander the Great Goldstein s close readings of literature written following such devastating events as the fall of the Israelites to the Assyrians and the Babylonians demonstrate that theology, far from being a static and unchanging set of beliefs, evolves with the course of history Revealing how each defeat helped to shape and define the religious beliefs of the conquered, Peoples of an Almighty God clearly demonstrates that no belief can remain unchanged or untouched by the beliefs of other people. Best Read [ Peoples of an Almighty God: Competing Religions in the Ancient World ] author [ Jonathan Goldstein ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com
Radio WorkMany of Goldstein s pieces have been featured on the PRI radio show This American Life where he is a contributing editor From 2000 to 2002 he was also a producer of the show.Currently, Goldstein hosts a show on CBC Radio One called WireTap, a program featuring stories told over the phone He was also the host of the CBC summer radio program Road Dot Trip in 2000 and has contributed to shows like Dispatches and Outfront.Written workIn 2001, Goldstein s debut novel, Lenny Bruce Is Dead, was published by Coach House Books Goldstein also co authored Schmelvis In Search of Elvis Presley s Jewish Roots with Max Wallace, an account of a Hasidic Elvis impersonator and Rabbi s quest to trace the Jewish roots of Elvis Presley His latest book, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible was published in April 2009 by Riverhead Goldstein has also been published in The New York Times Magazine, Saturday Night, The New York Times, The Walrus, GQ, the Journey Prize Anthology and the National Post He has also self produced a number of small publications, most notably carwash the size of a peach.
- 590 pages
- Peoples of an Almighty God: Competing Religions in the Ancient World
- Jonathan Goldstein
- 16 November 2018 Jonathan Goldstein