Genesis: The Beginning of Desire

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An intellectually stimulating and personally uplifting exploration of Genesis. Genesis: the Beginning of Desire breathes new life into the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Rachel, and Joseph. Zornberg brings biblical, midrashic, and literary sources together, weaving them into a seamless tapestry and illuminating the tensions that grip human beings as they search for and encounter God.
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Overview

An intellectually stimulating and personally uplifting exploration of Genesis. Genesis: the Beginning of Desire breathes new life into the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Rachel, and Joseph. Zornberg brings biblical, midrashic, and literary sources together, weaving them into a seamless tapestry and illuminating the tensions that grip human beings as they search for and encounter God.
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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World
This remarkable first book by a popular Israeli woman biblical scholar reanimates through lyrical prose and modern sensibilities, the ancient figures of the Torah. Her meditations magically weave together biblical, midrashic, and literary sources into a seamless tapestry. Avivah Zornberg helps the reader share the struggle to understand the paradox of human existence that the biblical personality had to deal with -- why "not to have is the beginning of desire," why blessings can exact such a high price, and why wisdom must often be earned through suffering. Genesis: The Beginning of Desire is beautifully written and will go down in history as a milestone in biblical scholarship.
Library Journal
In these reflections on Genesis, Cambridge scholar Zornberg combines the contributions of contemporary biblical criticism, in-depth exegesis, and prosaic exposition to produce spectacular readings of this first book of Torah. Basing this book on weekly lectures given in Jerusalem, Zornberg attempts to lead her hearers and readers beyond the fixed meanings so often ascribed to the biblical text. Instead, her readings urge readers to take seriously their task of cocreating the meanings of the text. A beautiful and arresting exercise in biblical literary criticism; highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827605213
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Bereshit: The Pivoting Point 3
Noah: Kindness and Ecstasy 37
Lekh Lekha: Travails of Faith 72
Va-Yera: Language and Silence 97
Hayyei Sarah: Vertigo - The Residue of the Akedah 123
Toledot: Sincerity and Authenticity 144
Va-Yetze: Dispersions 180
Va-Yishlah: The Quest for Wholeness 216
Va-Yeshev: Re-membering the Dismembered 243
Mi-Ketz: The Absence of the Imagination 284
Va-Yiggash: The Pit and the Rope 314
Va-Yehi: The Beginning of Desire 352
Notes 382
Glossary 422
Bibliography 427
Index 431
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