The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis [NOOK Book]

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Turn the Scriptures over to Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg and what do you get? A unique blend of brilliant literary insights and theological wisdom, derived from a lifelong immersion in rabbinic traditions and lore. With amazing literary sensitivity, Zornberg ingeniously breathes new life into Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Rachel, and Joseph. The author's vibrant spirit, charming personality, and infectious enthusiasm for the Bible draw the reader into the search for meaning where real ...
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The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis

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Overview

Turn the Scriptures over to Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg and what do you get? A unique blend of brilliant literary insights and theological wisdom, derived from a lifelong immersion in rabbinic traditions and lore. With amazing literary sensitivity, Zornberg ingeniously breathes new life into Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Rachel, and Joseph. The author's vibrant spirit, charming personality, and infectious enthusiasm for the Bible draw the reader into the search for meaning where real life and the biblical story intersect. The Beginning Of Desire imaginatively interweaves biblical, rabbinic, and literary sources into a colorful tapestry that is both intellectually stimulating and personally uplifting.



One of the Jewish biblical scholars scheduled to appear on the Bill Moyers PBS special on Genesis, Avivah Zornberg employs an amazing repertoire of literary sources to engage the audience and illuminate the text. Delivering her erudition in a pleasantly lyrical style, the author shares her experience of God with the world. It is an intimate, personal, and revealing encounter no one should miss.


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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.

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“Deserves to be the most widely read book on the Bible in years, perhaps decades.”
Jewish Exponent
 
“Not only is Zornberg’s book leagues removed from popular trivializations, it also does what all successful midrash is meant to do: open up new perspectives on ancient texts.”
 —Commonweal
 
“A sinewy, powerful, and hauntingly beautiful reanimation of the ancient text of early Israel and of their heroes and heroines.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Spectacular readings . . . A beautiful and arresting exercise in biblical literary criticism; highly recommended.”
Library Journal
 
“Zornberg brings a brilliant mastery of psychology, literature, and Judaismto bear on the Bible . . . This is an extraordinary book.”
The Jerusalem Report
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805212433
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,335,643
  • File size: 3 MB

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

The Pivoting Point Bereshit 3

Kindness and Ecstasy Noah 37

Travails of Faith Lekh Lekha 72

Language and Silence Va-Yera 97

Vertigo-The Residue of the Akedah Hayyei Sarah 123

Sincerity and Authenticity Toledot 144

Dispersions Va-Yetze 180

The Quest for Wholeness Va-Yishlah 216

Re-membering the Dismembered Va-Yeshev 243

The Absence of the Imagination Mi-Ketz 284

The Pit and the Rope Va-Yiggash 314

The Beginning of Desire Va-Yehi 352

Notes 382

Glossary 422

Bibliography 427

Index 431

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