Bible Stories

John Barton

  • The Book of God: A Response to the Bible by Gabriel Josipovici
    Yale, 350 pp, £18.95, November 1988, ISBN 0 300 04320 1
  • Who wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman
    Cape, 299 pp, £12.95, June 1988, ISBN 0 224 02573 2

Hegel, says Kierkegaard, presents us with history seen in terms of its ends, as a story which we, from our privileged vantage-point, can decipher. But, says Kierkegaard, that leaves out of account precisely what it means to live in the world. It leaves out of account the choices men always have to make without any knowledge of ends, and it leaves out of account the directions not taken, relegating to darkness those who have made the wrong choices or the choices not condoned by history. Ultimately, it leaves out the fact that we each of us have one life and one death, which is ours and no one else’s.

The Book of God

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