In this strikingly original work, Stephen Moore considers God's male bodies--the body of Yahweh in the Hebrew Bible, and the Father of Jesus Christ, and Jesus himself in the New Testament--and our obsessive earthly quest for a perfect human form. God's Gym is about divinity, physical pain, and the visions of male perfectability.
Weaving together his obsession with human anatomy and dissection, an interest in the technologies of torture, the cult of physical culture, and an expert knowledge of biblical criticism, Moore explains the male narcissism at the heart of the biblical God. God's Gym is an intensely personal book, brimming with our culture's phobias and fascinations about male perfectability.
Stephen Moore may well be the most brilliant NT scholar publishing today. He is certainly one of the most creative and exciting. And God's Gym is his best book so far.....This little book brims with fascinating readings, packaged in exquisite prose, and informed by sophisticated literary theory and cultural studies.....God's Gym insists that we recognize the violent hypermasculinity of much of the biblical narrative....It is in that challenge that Moore's remarkably playful book is deadly serious.