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The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis

The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis

by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
     
 

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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award

Since its publication in 1995, The Beginning of Desire has opened new pathways in the reading of the Bible. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s innovative use of midrash, literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis draws deeply upon the familiar biblical narratives to produce interpretations that are at once

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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award

Since its publication in 1995, The Beginning of Desire has opened new pathways in the reading of the Bible. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s innovative use of midrash, literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis draws deeply upon the familiar biblical narratives to produce interpretations that are at once startlingly beautiful and completely authentic. Illuminating the tensions that grip human beings as they search for an encounter with God, Zornberg gives us a brilliant analysis of the stories of Adam and Eve; Noah; Abraham and Sarah; Isaac and Rebecca; Jacob, Rachel, and Leah; and Joseph and his brothers.

Editorial Reviews

Thousands of years old, the Book of Genesis grows hazy in the mists of time. Without a competent guide, readers easily slip into regarding it as a hodgepodge of half-remembered stories. This book by respected Jewish writer Dr. Avivah Zornberg (The Murmuring Deep; Rapture) rejuvenates our sense of this historic spiritual work by applying biblical, midrashic, and literary insights to its ancient text. Now in paperback. Editor's recommendation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805212396
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
134,730
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

AVIVAH GOTTLIEB ZORNBERG is the author of The Begginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis (and winner of the National Jewish Book Award), The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus, and The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious. She lectures widely in Israel, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She lives in Jerusalem.

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