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Pen name  Jack
Citizenship  United States
Ethnicity  Caucasian
Role  Author
Nationality  American
Name  Jack Miles
Occupation  scholar
Alma mater  Harvard University

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Born  John R. Miles July 30, 1942 (age 73) Chicago, Illinois (1942-07-30)
Awards  MacArthur Fellowship
Books  God: A Biography, Christ: A Crisis in the Life of, Gott Eine Biographie, Stages of My Life: Opening, Stations of the Cross

Education  Harvard University (1971)

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John R. "Jack" Miles (born July 30, 1942) is an American author. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship 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, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times


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Miles treats his biblical subjects neither as transcendent deities or historical figures, but as literary protagonists. His first book, God: A Biography, won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography 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 is general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Religions (November 2014).

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Born in Chicago, the eldest child in a Roman Catholic family, Miles was a Jesuit seminarian from 1960 to 1970, studying at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem before completing a doctorate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages at Harvard University. He is fluent in several languages, including French, Italian, German, Hebrew, and Aramaic.

Over a period of more than 35 years (1975–2010), 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.

Miles most recently served on the faculty of the University of California, Irvine, Department of English, teaching Religion. Miles is currently retired.


  • God: A Biography. Vintage Books. 2 November 2014. ISBN 9780679743682. 
  • Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 27 April 2011. ISBN 978-0-307-78910-5. 
  • The Norton Anthology of World Religions. W.W. Norton & Company. 2 November 2014. ISBN 0393062538. 
  • References

    Jack Miles Wikipedia

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