The Book of

The Book of "Genesis": A Biography

by Ronald Hendel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 069114012X

ISBN-13: 9780691140124

Pub. Date: 10/28/2012

Publisher: Princeton University Press

During its 2,500-year life, the book of Genesis has been the keystone to almost every important claim about reality, humanity, and God in Judaism and Christianity. And it continues to play a central role in debates about science, politics, and human rights. With clarity and skill, acclaimed biblical scholar Ronald Hendel provides a panoramic history of this iconic

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During its 2,500-year life, the book of Genesis has been the keystone to almost every important claim about reality, humanity, and God in Judaism and Christianity. And it continues to play a central role in debates about science, politics, and human rights. With clarity and skill, acclaimed biblical scholar Ronald Hendel provides a panoramic history of this iconic book, exploring its impact on Western religion, philosophy, science, politics, literature, and more.

Hendel traces how Genesis has shaped views of reality, and how changing views of reality have shaped interpretations of Genesis. Literal and figurative readings have long competed with each other. Hendel tells how Luther's criticisms of traditional figurative accounts of Genesis undermined the Catholic Church; how Galileo made the radical argument that the cosmology of Genesis wasn't scientific evidence; and how Spinoza made the equally radical argument that the scientific method should be applied to Genesis itself. Indeed, Hendel shows how many high points of Western thought and art have taken the form of encounters with Genesis—from Paul and Augustine to Darwin, Emily Dickinson, and Kafka.

From debates about slavery, gender, and sexuality to the struggles over creationism and evolution, Genesis has shaped our world and continues to do so today. This wide-ranging account tells the remarkable story of the life of Genesis like no other book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691140124
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2012
Series:
Lives of Great Religious Books Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
761,881
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 3.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction - The Life of Genesis 1
Chapter 1 - The Genesis of Genesis 14
Chapter 2 - The Rise of the Figural Sense 45
Chapter 3 - Apocalyptic Secrets 63
Chapter 4 - Platonic Worlds 83
Chapter 5 - Between the Figure and the Real 109
Chapter 6 - Genesis and Science: From the Beginning to Fundamentalism 145
Chapter 7 - Modern Times 196
Afterword - Stories of Our Alley 242
Timeline 247
Notes 249
Index of Citations 269
General Index 271

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