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Bloom, Harold. JESUS AND YAHWEH: THE NAMES DIVINE. New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 240 pages. As New/As New.

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. Presents Harold Bloom's 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. For more than two thousand years, the quartet became the core figures of polytheistic Christianity, the most vibrant, most influential, and most powerful religion the world has ever seen. As such, 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. One of his most beautiful books, this is a "must-have" title for Harold Bloom collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black 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 now highly collectible. This is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. The greatest living literary critic. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BLOOM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1573223220. $250.00

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