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The Gospel in Brief (Texts & Contexts)
by Leo Tolstoy
Binding: Paperback, 215 pages
Publisher: Bison Books
Weight: 1.4 pound
Dimension: H: 1.3 x L: 9.3 x W: 6.1 inches
ISBN 10: 0803294328
ISBN 13: 9780803294325
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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 necessity of maintaining one's spiritual condition in a chaotic and indifferent world.


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