Self Struggle & Change: Family Conflict Stories in Genesis and Their Healing Insights for Our Lives

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The stress of late 20th century living only brings new variations to timeless personal struggles. The people described by the biblical writers of Genesis were in situations and relationships very much like our own. Easy to identify with, these stories will speak to readers because they deal with the same problems people face today.

The people described in the stories of Genesis are very much like those living in the 20th century. Now a modern master of biblical ...

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Overview

The stress of late 20th century living only brings new variations to timeless personal struggles. The people described by the biblical writers of Genesis were in situations and relationships very much like our own. Easy to identify with, these stories will speak to readers because they deal with the same problems people face today.

The people described in the stories of Genesis are very much like those living in the 20th century. Now a modern master of biblical interpretation brings readers greater understanding of the ancient text and of themselves, in this intriguing re-telling of conflict between husband and wife, father and son, and between siblings.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cohen, one of the panelists on Bill Moyers's PBS series on Genesis, has written an intriguing search for meaning in the Genesis stories. In his introduction, Cohen explains how he used the Jewish practice of midrash (close examination of and commentary on biblical texts) to read the Genesis stories with an eye toward extracting insight into contemporary family relationships. According to Cohen, the Genesis stories of sibling rivalry and family conflict embody our struggles with discord both within ourselves and with others. Thus, the story of Adam and Eve illustrates that we must unite the opposing elements within us to find our true selves, while the story of Cain and Abel questions our ability radically to change our lives for the good. Since Genesis ends with the unification of all the tribes of Israel, Cohen believes we will also be able to unify the conflicts within us and overcome our differences with others. Although somewhat simplistic, Cohen's interpretations will be of value to many people who use the Bible as a guidebook for their daily lives. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Rabbi Cohen, dean of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, fashions several engaging and insightful midrashim on the stories of key families from the book of Genesis. He traces the struggle of family to establish identity and stability from Adam and Eve to the sons of Joseph, Ephraim, and Manassah. The story of Adam and Eve presents the unity of the divine and human sides of humankind as well as the loss of this unity in the Fall. Such loss disrupts family relationships in subsequent generations, causing bitter jealousy and rivalry, until the rift is healed in the reconciliation of Joseph and his brothers. A delightful and instructive book; recommended for most public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879045668
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Norman J. Cohen renowned for his expertise in Torah study and midrash, lectures frequently to audiences of many faiths. He is a rabbi, former provost of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and professor of midrash. He is the author of Self, Struggle & Change: Family Conflict Stories in Genesis and Their Healing Insights for Our Lives; Moses and the Journey to Leadership: Timeless Lessons of Effective Management from the Bible and Today's Leaders (both Jewish Lights); and other books.

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