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God's Gym: Divine Male Bodies of the Bible Paperback – October 4, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0415917575 ISBN-10: 0415917573 Edition: First

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; First edition (October 4, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415917573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415917575
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Moore (Poststructrualism and the New Testament, Fortress, 1995) explores torture, dissection, and male physique. Unlike Howard Eilberg-Schwartz in God's Phallus (LJ 8/94), which focused on the known and unknown features of God, Moore states, "You too can have a body like his, if only you are willing to pay the price." Moore begins by graphically examining torture and the transformation torture can produce. "Dissection," his second essay, looks at the anatomy of the Fourth Gospel and an autopsy of Jesus Christ, i.e., Bible study. The last essay looks at Jesus' bodybuilding career and his workout routine. What ties these essays together are the subjection and control found in the Bible. A scholarly work for larger collections.?L. Kriz, West Des Moines Lib., Ia.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Bias has been transformed from something denied or ousted, to something that is to be recognized and controlled, to vital lenses for seeing anew...bias might be renamed slant, perspective, interest, concern, even ideology. Such in the case in Moore's remarkably engaging and sometimes outrageous three stories... Religious Studies Review.
Bias has been transformed from something denied or ousted, to something that is to be recognized and controlled, to vital lenses for seeing anew...bias might be renamed slant, perspective, interest, concern, even ideology. Such is the case in Moore's remarkably engaging and sometimes outrageous three studies... -- Religious Studies Review
Stephen Moore may well be the most brilliant NT scholar publishing today ... And God's Gym is his best book so far ... This little book brims with fascinating readings, packaged in exquisite prose, and informed by sophisticated literary theory and cultural studies. -- Journal of Biblical Literature

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By graphik_persona on July 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Not being either a Christian or an Exegete this book is still a great gore-soaked read. The attempt at modern-day analysis of the Bible is nothing new, but Moore's correlation between Biblical myth and body-building, torture and forensic dissection ports this book into a realm of the horrific. And for this reason I found this to be a very intelligent and entertaining read. Perhaps because I'm a fan of the horror genre in general, the detailed evisceration of the biblical narrative spliced up into fleshy parts centered on the knowable aspects of modern forensic paraphernalia as well as the intimate extremes of human suffering and vanity gave the essays an engagingly unique and in-depth approach. The persuasiveness of Moore's examination is both subtle and highly effected, yet one comes to the conclusion that it is meant to be nothing more than a clever interpretation by an overactive imagination run wild with impish conviction. Definitely a recommended read for those who want an interesting `take' on the Bible, or even better, for those with a horror-genre affliction looking for works whom lend that particular analysis towards even the most peripheral or mundane.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By deafguy on April 18, 2009
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God's Gym is a fantastic piece of literature. The author is smart, the writing is elegant, and while the book is witty and entertaining, it makes very serious points about violence in the Bible and the hypermasculinity of the god of Israel and Jesus as they are portrayed in the Bible. Moore uses comparisons that are strange at first sight (critical biblical scholarship set next to early physiology and anatomy writings about dissections; the gospels' descriptions of Jesus set next to the rhetoric of modern bodybuilding magazines), but the comparisons are highly thought-provoking. And again, Moore's writing style is simply dazzling. If you are interested in gender studies and the Bible, there is no better place to start than God's Gym.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
"Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger... but Jesus says, 'Even what DOES kill me, makes me INFINITELY stronger!'" A terrific study of the archetype of "perfecting the imperfect human being" in torture, bodybuilding, and New Testament theology. (Yes, you read that right!) This might sound pretty wacky, but Moore has solid backup for all his points. Strongly recommended for readers who aren't afraid of a shocking but plausible look behind the surface of their beliefs! (Seriously, this book is WELL worth a look!)
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spirit Kid on April 21, 2011
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Haven't even gotten involved in the book yet, because the quality of the Kindle edition is so poor. It looks not unlike some of the low-quality copies professors scanned for reading packets. Some words are broken up in the middle with no rhyme or reason, and no amount of retweaking combinations of font size and words per line gets the text flowing well. The text to speech option is essentially useless with the amount it uses "percent" as an extra word--presumably in the places where words are broken up in the middle--and the words itself look like the "font smoothing" option was left off. It's actually a chore to read, and certainly wasn't worth paying for. I wouldn't have minded just buying the hard copy. If you're going to sell a digital product, do it right or don't do it at all. The cost might not have been high, but this is so much worse than any of the free editions I've downloaded. I'm really disappointed.
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