God: A Biography

I loved this book by Jack Miles and read it twice.

Dennis Prager, however, was not a fan.

Numbers 14: 11-12 says: “The LORD said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them? 12 I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they.”

In his 2001 lecture on Numbers 14:17 – 15:31, Dennis Prager says: I differ with those who say this is typical Old Testament primitive understanding of God. It is the sophisticate’s notion that God matures as you go through the Old Testament. I don’t buy that.

These things bothers those with PhDs. They believe that God should’ve spoken in a more sophisticated way: I hear the complaints of the Israelites but I understand the psychological impotence that makes them this way. I understand the mentality that slavery develops.

This would be regarded by those who think that God grows up as very mature.

God’s reaction is for a primitive people. If God had responded in that PhD way, they wouldn’t have learned anything. A super-sophisticated parent raises a neurotic child. It is the Jews who are primitive, not God.

God can’t give a 21st century response to 1200 BCE people. This is it. This is direct. This is how they learn.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been noted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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