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    From a literary stand-point, describe the character of "God" in the book "The Bible"?

    Include ALL parts of the "novel"? Not just the parts you like.

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    Unreliable narrator.
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    Protagonist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    Protagonist?
    Yes, but what kind? Remember, a villain can be a protagonist. "American Psycho"?

    Seems in the "first part" he's a capricious, tribalistic, contradictory, homicidal, genocidal, infanticidal sociopath...

    in the "second part" he's supposed to be kindly, benevolent, merciful, loving, inclusive.


    Separated the characters of "God" in each book bears minimal emotional or psychological resemblance to each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Unreliable narrator.
    Technically, the "Narrators" are the Hebrew Chroniclers or the Apostles....not "God".
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    Actually, The Bible, is a collection of short stories and novellas by different authors over a span of 3000 some odd years. And to really make it complete, we need to add the "Book of Mormon" to it, making it cover a period of 5000 years. As an Episcopalian Minister once told me, "there is a thread of truth that winds throughout the Bible, but in no way should it be taken as literal and inerrant".

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    Yes, but what kind? Remember, a villain can be a protagonist. "American Psycho"?

    Seems in the "first part" he's a capricious, tribalistic, contradictory, homicidal, genocidal, infanticidal sociopath...

    in the "second part" he's supposed to be kindly, benevolent, merciful, loving, inclusive.


    Separated the characters of "God" in each book bears minimal emotional or psychological resemblance to each other.
    Actually, he's a perfect character in a novel. He goes from being one type of character to another. That's a classic plot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Actually, The Bible, is a collection of short stories and novellas by different authors over a span of 3000 some odd years. And to really make it complete, we need to add the "Book of Mormon" to it, making it cover a period of 5000 years. As an Episcopalian Minister once told me, "there is a thread of truth that winds throughout the Bible, but in no way should it be taken as literal and inerrant".
    I believe it is just over 40 authors over about 1600 years if I am not mistaken.

    An interesting note, many of the books were written by people who had no previous knowledge of books written before theirs yet they tie in almost seamlessly to the other ones. Names, dates, events so to do that with no knowledge of what happened before......well some say only a divine being could have pulled that off.

    But you are correct that they are more a collection of short stories and most are there for context, not a literal translation so I am not sure there is a narrative to it other than a thousand different paths leading to one main conclusion. I am sure there is a word for that but since I am not a writer I don't know what it is.
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    * Spirit Guides *

    A perpetuation of traditions often includes an available reference ; for purposes of this thread , which texts comprise " The Bible " ?

    Which ever captions are included , a general presumption is for an assembly of apologues personifying reprisals from a deity to relate moral ( more all ) or ethical codes .

    A reprisal from a deity can be extracted as expected parallels with violating the nature of physical laws .

    In greek tragedy , during the ate ( eight ) , an epic hero succumbs to character flaws implicit with their exceptional qualities beyond natural norms .


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perspectivism
    This view is outlined in an aphorism from Nietzsche's posthumously-assembled collection The Will to Power:

    In so far as the word "knowledge" has any meaning, the world is knowable; but it is interpretable [emphasis in original] otherwise, it has no meaning behind it, but countless meanings.—"Perspectivism." It is our needs that interpret the world; our drives and their For and Against. [emphasis added] Every drive is a kind of lust to rule; each one has its perspective that it would like to compel all the other drives to accept as a norm.

    — Friedrich Nietzsche; trans. Walter Kaufmann, The Will to Power, §481 (1883–1888)[5]


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistemology
    Epistemology (Listeni/ᵻˌpɪstᵻˈmɒlədʒi/; from Greek ἐπιστήμη, epistēmē, meaning "knowledge", and λόγος, logos, meaning "logical discourse") is the branch of philosophy concerned with the theory of knowledge.[1]

    Epistemology studies the nature of knowledge, justification, and the rationality of belief. Much of the debate in epistemology centers on four areas: (1) the philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and how it relates to such concepts as truth, belief, and justification,[2][3] (2) various problems of skepticism, (3) the sources and scope of knowledge and justified belief, and (4) the criteria for knowledge and justification.

    The term 'Epistemology' was first used by Scottish philosopher James Frederick Ferrier in 1854.[a] However, according to Brett Warren, King James VI of Scotland had previously personified this philosophical concept as the character Epistemon in 1591.[5]

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Actually, The Bible, is a collection of short stories and novellas by different authors over a span of 3000 some odd years. And to really make it complete, we need to add the "Book of Mormon" to it, making it cover a period of 5000 years. As an Episcopalian Minister once told me, "there is a thread of truth that winds throughout the Bible, but in no way should it be taken as literal and inerrant".
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    https://www.quora.com/Do-you-have-to...to-be-a-Muslim
    One of indisputable believes of Muslims is that the Quran is God’s word which has been revealed to the Prophet and if one refuses this fact somehow that his refusing means that he refuses God or the prophet, this person considered as an unbeliever.

    The Quran has been revealed to the Prophet; some times through Jibreel or The Faithful Spirit and some times directly.

    “And most surely this is a revelation from the Lord of the worlds. The Faithful Spirit has descended with it”[26:193]

    Describing Jibreel as faithful , indicates that this angel is like a trustee who is in charge of saving a trust and giving it to one that depositor wants to. So Holy Jibreel doesn’t speak by his own words but he just reveal it.

    The great commentator of the Quran Allamah Tabatabai says: if we consider the reality of revelation, we realize that all words of God were revealed directly by God Almighty. [Almizan, vol,4. pg,149–150]



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