Genesis As It Is Written: Contemporary Writers on Our First Stories

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Unlike any other stories in our culture, those in the book of Genesis confront us with provoking scenes of love and death, stark allegiances and subtle betrayals. At first glance, these narratives may seem straightforward, but as we reread and delve more deeply into them they begin to resonate with new meaning and they force us to reexamine our understanding of the social, ethical, and political landscape in which we live. But in the beginning were the writers of the stories. Over the centuries, the morals and ...
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1996 Hard cover Fine in fine dust jacket. The book is like new, no tears or marks on the pages or the cover. Spine is tight and corners firm. The book will arrive in the ... condition described or it may be returned for refund. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. This is a fine book of essays by various commentators (including Arthur Miller) on the stories in Genesis. The essays are very insightful and capture the human drama of those first stories beautifully. Rosenberg is co-author of The Book of J. The book is from my own professional library which must be downsized. I would like to have these books go where they will be well read and appreciated. Please see my other listings, especially those in religion, theology and Biblical studies Read more Show Less

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Overview

Unlike any other stories in our culture, those in the book of Genesis confront us with provoking scenes of love and death, stark allegiances and subtle betrayals. At first glance, these narratives may seem straightforward, but as we reread and delve more deeply into them they begin to resonate with new meaning and they force us to reexamine our understanding of the social, ethical, and political landscape in which we live. But in the beginning were the writers of the stories. Over the centuries, the morals and meanings that traditional readings have attached to the stories of Genesis effectively obscured the contemporary culture that produced them. Even experts and commentators have tended to miss the point: they all agree that Genesis is special, but the question of why the book was written has never properly addressed. Now, for the first time, twenty of our leading literary lights - novelists, poets, dramatists, and essayists - turn their attention to a particular story in Genesis and comment on it from the perspective of the storyteller. Together, they begin to discover the imaginative sensibilities of the ancient writer, as the very motivations of the biblical authors and their characters come to light. The result is a stunningly realized literary collection that will forever change they way you read the Bible's first stories.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060667368
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Pages: 212

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: As It Is Written 1
Grace Schulman on the Story of the Creation Poet 15
Madison Smartt Bell on the Story of the Days of Creation 23
Arthur Miller on the Story of Adam and Eve 35
Michael Dorris on the Story of Abel 43
Ron Hansen on the Story of Cain 51
David Mamet on the Story of Noach 59
David Shapiro on the Story of the Tower of Babel 63
James Carroll on the Story of Abraham 71
Alfred Corn on the Story of Lot 77
Phillip Lopate on the Story of Abraham and Sarah 93
Norma Rosen on the Story of Sarah's Late Pregnancy 115
Lore Segal on the Story of Sarah and Hagar 125
Geoffrey Hartman on the Story of Isaac's Sacrifice 139
Clarence Major on the Story of Rebekah 151
Kathleen Norris on the Story of Rebekah as a Mother 159
Allegra Goodman on the Story of Rachel 169
Edward Hirsch on the Story of Jacob's Wrestling with an Angel 179
Leonard Michaels on the Story of Judah and Tamar 189
Francine Prose on the Story of Joseph in Egypt 195
Robert Pinsky on the Story of Joseph's Interpretation of Dreams 203
About the Contributors 209
About the Editors 215
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