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A History of God

By Karen Armstrong
  • Book ID : 9780345384560
  • Publisher : Random House Digital, Inc.
  • Pages : 496
  • Genre : Religion
  • Reads : 162
  • eBook Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • File Pdf: a-history-of-god.pdf

Book Summary:

The 4,000-year quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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