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The Gospel in Brief
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bison Books
Publication date June 1, 1997
Pages 215
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780803294325
ISBN-10 0803294328
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.75 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $12.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description:
“Are you acquainted with Tolstoy’s The Gospel in Brief? At its time, this book virtually kept me alive. . . . If you are not acquainted with it, then you cannot imagine what an effect it can have upon a person.”—Ludwig Wittgenstein, in a letter to Ludwig von Ficker.
The Gospel in Brief is Leo Tolstoy’s integration of the four biblical Gospels into a single account of the life of Jesus. Inspired in large measure by Tolstoy’s meticulous study of the original Greek versions of the Bible, The Gospel in Brief is a highly original fusion of biblical texts and Tolstoy’s own influential religious views.
Tolstoy explains that his goal is a solution to “the problem of life,” not an answer to theological or historical questions. As a result, he sets aside such issues as Jesus’ genealogy and divinity, or whether Jesus in fact walked on water. Instead, he focuses on the words and teachings of Jesus, stripped of what Tolstoy regarded as the Church’s distortions and focus on dogma and ritual. The result is a work that emphasizes the individual’s spiritual condition in a chaotic and indifferent world.
Like Tolstoy’s celebrated literary achievements, The Gospel in Brief has the distinct bearing of a classic: in its urgency and directness it is remarkably current, as if it were written only yesterday rather than a century ago.

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from Bison Books (June 1, 1997)
9780803294325 | details & prices | 215 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $12.95
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