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Jack Miles, full name John R. Miles, (born July 30, 1942) is an American author and winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the MacArthur Fellowship. His writings on religion, politics, and culture has appeared in numerous national publications, including , The Atlantic Monthly , The New York Times , The Boston Globe , and The Washington Post . The Los Angeles Times
Miles treats his biblical subjects neither as transcendent deities or historical figures, but as literary protagonists. His first book,
, won the God: A Biography Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1996 and has been translated into sixteen languages. His second book, Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2002. Miles was named a MacArthur Fellow for the period 2003–07.
Chicago, the eldest child in a Catholic family, Jack Miles was a Jesuit seminarian from 1960 to 1970, studying at Xavier University in Cincinnati, then at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and next at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, before completing a doctorate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages at Harvard. He is fluent in several languages, including French, Italian, German, and Hebrew (and the [1 ] Aramaic language).
Over a period of more than thirty-five years (1975–2010), Jack Miles has been an editor at
Doubleday, the executive editor at the University of California Press, the literary (book review) editor at The Los Angeles Times, a member of the Times editorial board, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, writing on politics and culture. He currently is on the faculty of the University of California, Irvine, Department of English, teaching Religion.
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