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Briefing: God: An Anatomy

“God: An Anatomy” is an examination of the body of God as depicted in the Bible and understood by Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the University of Exeter.

In this Religion Media Centre online briefing, she talks to Rosie Dawson about this God who walked in the garden of Eden, sat on a throne in a temple, enjoyed the aroma of scorched animal fat as he waited for his dinner, and wrestled with a monstrous sea dragon. He (and it is a he) has eyes, nostrils, arms…

Examining God’s body, from his head to his hands, feet and genitals, Francesca Stavrakopoulou shows how the Western idea of God developed and asks why God’s body came to be overlooked or ignored. “God: An Anatomy” is published by Pan Macmillan.

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