Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

Thou Art That is a compilation of previously uncollected essays and lectures by Joseph Campbell that focus on the Judeo-Christian tradition. Here Campbell explores common religious symbols, reexamining and reinterpreting them in the context of his remarkable knowledge of world mythology. According to Campbell, society often confuses the literal and metaphorical interpretations of religious stories and symbols. In this collection, he eloquently reestablishes these metaphors as a means to enhance spiritual understanding and mystical revelation. With characteristic verve, he ranges from rich storytelling to insightful comparative scholarship. Included is editor Eugene Kennedy’s classic interview with Campbell in The New York Times Magazine, which brought the scholar to the public’s attention for the first time.

Title:Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781577312024
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  • Mike

    The wise men who bowed down before the baby Jesus as he lay in the manger—they were Magi. I knew that. What I didn’t know is that Magi were the priests of the God Mithras, and for three centuries ...

  • Ian

    Interested in exploring some of the Biblical symbols of the Judeo-Christian faith, I picked up this book with high expectations. No doubt, this book has helped me wrestle with my faith since picking i...

  • Ci

    This book is my first exposure to Joseph Campbell's work. I know little of mythology, and even less on comparative religion study, thus this book serves a very valuable introduction to a vast realm of...

  • g026r

    Campbell has an unfortunate habit of painting with too broad a brush, glossing over the important differences in order to accentuate otherwise minor similarities. That trait, along with his more unfor...

  • Jordan

    This is an excellent book and a fast read for anyone wanting to introduce themselves to the work of Joseph Campbell. Though the focus of the book is on the symbology and mythology inherent in the Chri...

  • Jason

    Campbell makes some important points about the importance of interpreting myths as mythology and not history. He also notes some important recurring themes in different world religions.However, he fal...

  • Jo

    While I really liked a lot of the ideas Campbell poses in this book, I often felt that his presentation of the ideas was rather convoluted and unclear. Also, neither he nor his editor know how to use ...

  • Lynda

    I was reading this book when my father was diagnosed with his lung cancer. Talk about literary serendipities! It's a gentle, Campbellian consideration of cultural assumptions and how they shape our ov...

  • Nastaran

    I believe in Campbell with my blood and flesh... he understood the power of myth so well.. ...

  • Drew

    I’ve been a huge fan of Joseph Campbell since being led to The Hero with a Thousand Faces from interviews and documentaries about Star Wars. I loved that book, but in my opinion, there are much deep...