• God: An Anatomy

    by Francesca Stavrakopoulou
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    God: An Anatomy
February 25, 2022

Francesca Stavrakopoulou

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes FRANCESCA STAVRAKOPOULOU—Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religions at the University of Exeter—for a discussion of her book God: An Anatomy. She will be joined in conversation with CANDIDA MOSS, the award-winning author of Bible-Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby.


The scholarship of theology and religion teaches us that the God of the Bible was without a body, only revealing himself in the Old Testament in words mysteriously uttered through his prophets, and in the New Testament in the body of Christ. The portrayal of God as corporeal and masculine is seen as merely metaphorical, figurative, or poetic. But, in this revelatory study, Francesca Stavrakopoulou presents a vividly corporeal image of God: a human-shaped deity who walks and talks and weeps and laughs, who eats, sleeps, feels, and breathes, and who is undeniably male.

Here is a portrait—arrived at through the author's close examination of and research into the Bible—of a god in ancient myths and rituals who was a product of a particular society, at a particular time, made in the image of the people who lived then, shaped by their own circumstances and experience of the world. From head to toe—and every part of the body in between—this is a god of stunning surprise and complexity, one we have never encountered before.

About Author(s)

Francesca Stavrakopoulou is a professor of Hebrew Bible and ancient religion at the University of Exeter, UK. A graduate of Oxford University, her focus is the social history and religions of ancient Israel and Judah. She has also worked in television on the BBC and Channel 4, presenting shows on the historicity of the Bible and the Hebrew Bible, the role of women in biblical times, and the development of the biblical texts, including the prime-time BBC series Bible’s Buried Secrets, which was broadcast in the U.S. on Netflix. She lives in Exeter, England.

Candida Moss is the Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham, UK and an award-winning author of five books, including Bible-Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby. She writes for the Daily Beast and is also a frequent news commentator for CBS and CNN. Follow her on Twitter @candidamoss