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JESUS AND YAHWEH: THE NAMES DIVINE - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Harold Bloom - ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Bloom, Harold

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ISBN 10: 1573223220 / ISBN 13: 9781573223225
Published by New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2005
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 240 pages. Published in 2005. The author's book-length account on subject. While he has written about Christianity before, this is Harold Bloom's very first full-fledged exploration of the Jesus narrative. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Harold Bloom's "Jesus And Yahweh". One of his most brilliant and beautiful books. His compelling literary re-creation of Jesus as himself and in relation to Yahweh, that is, his continuity and discontinuity with the Jewish tradition. Based upon meticulous readings of abstruse scholarly texts that contradict one another, Bloom contrasts (he prefers the verb "divines", as in flashes of inspiration) the historical Jesus of Nazareth with the theological Jesus Christ, and in essence, finds nothing in common between them. On the contrary, the two figures are exact opposites. "Jesus" is the later Greek version of the original "Yeshua", which modern Jews have turned into and still use as "Joshua". Yeshua of Nazareth was, in Bloom's estimation, the greatest rabbi/genius since Moses, courageous, incorruptible, and fully committed to the restoration of ancient Jewish tradition at a time of profound turbulence and despair among the Jewish people. Yeshua of Nazareth will therefore not recognize himself at all in The Gospels, which were written centuries later, pragmatically and effectively transforming him into Jesus Christ, the founder of a new religion that broke away from monotheistic Judaism. Jesus Christ is a fascinating literary figure in his own right, worshipped as one God in the Holy Trinity (God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit). Together with his mother, the Virgin Mary, they make up the Roman Catholic quartet. For more than two thousand years, this quartet have remained the core figures of polytheistic Christianity, the most vibrant, most influential, and most powerful religion the world has ever seen. As such, for Bloom, the so-called "Judaeo-Christian tradition" is not so much a myth as a farce. The book has infuriated and outraged both Jews and Christians alike. Bloom is a proud Jew even though he sees his people's destiny being uncertain at best as the Second Coming is not forthcoming. He does not believe in Jesus Christ, Shakespeare being his true God. And when he describes the Jesus narrative as the greatest literary mis-reading in human history, Bloom is poignantly (rather than polemically) alluding to his ground-breaking thesis about the anxiety of influence, the remarkable insight about literary creation that is the basis of his lifelong, overarching theme about the literary (rather than philosophical) struggle between "authority" and "personality": "The New Testament is frequently a strong mis-reading of the Hebrew Bible, and certainly it has persuaded multitudes" (Harold Bloom). Whereas "The Book of J" is joyful and exuberant, the tone of "Jesus And Yahweh" is elegiac. An absolute "must-have" title for Harold Bloom collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Harold Bloom. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as most copies available online are. This title is a modern classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. The greatest literary critic of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BLOOM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1573223220. Bookseller Inventory # 15665

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Publisher: New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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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 Yahweh is 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.


Bloom?s occasional forays into religious criticism are particularly interesting, given his lifelong passion for poetry and his contributions to the study of literature. And while discussions of religion itself are in play here, it is the characters of Jesus and Yahweh that inhabit the pages, and Bloom?s literary critic more than his moonlighting theologian examining them. And what of that analysis? Bloom has an obvious affinity for Yahweh over Jesus (even though Jesus gets first billing in the book?s title.) But to ascribe that preference to his Jewish roots is perhaps too easy. A close reading reveals more. Bloom finds that Yahweh, with his covenants, tempers, resolutions, and even occasional forays into the physical where he fights, eats and walks in the cool of the Garden presents a more interesting character than the rather enigmatic Jesus who only comes truly alive for him in Mark?s gospel, and even more so beyond the canonical scriptures in the Gospel of Thomas. And though in sensibility and identification Bloom hews closer to Yahweh, he acknowledges the place Jesus and his followers have made in the world, through an application of his own theory of the anxiety of influence, noting that "The New Testament frequently is a strong misreading of the Hebrew Bible, and certainly it has persuaded multitudes." Provocative statements like these abound, but Bloom is no provocateur. Whether one agrees or disagrees with his meditations on the names divine, it is hard not to respect his vigorous intellect and bracing candor as he explores their power.--Ed Dobeas

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