Abraham, The Dreamerby Rolf Gompertz
Abraham and Sarah set off to serve a new God in a new land, with an unspeakable family secret in their heart and a marriage in serious trouble. Childless, Sarah offers Hagar,
Abraham, The Dreamer is a fast-paced biblical novel exploring the turbulent relationship of Abraham, Sarah, and the other woman, Hagarthe First Family, of Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Abraham and Sarah set off to serve a new God in a new land, with an unspeakable family secret in their heart and a marriage in serious trouble. Childless, Sarah offers Hagar, her slave, to Abraham. Hagar not only gives Abraham a son, Ishmael, but also offers him a passionate, fulfilling love that he had never known with Sarah. When Sarah unexpectedly gives birth to Isaac, she drives Hagar and Ishmael away, arousing a deep-seated murderous rage in Abraham that, in time, threatens Isaac, all in the name of the new God.
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From its touching opening, this beautiful novel, will keep you turning pages. Reminiscent in its erotic passages of the Song of Songs, the book gives surprising - but always plausible - interpretations of the characters of and the triangle relationship between Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. At the very least, after ABRAHAM THE DREAMER, I for one will never again see the Patriarch of Jews, Moslems, and Christians as appearing on the Bible scene out of nowhere. Based on meticulous research, author Gompertz brings alive the pagan culture into which Abraham and Sarah were born and in which, the author theorizes, Sarah played a major role - one she did not wish to renounce. Today's novels often include erotic elements for titillation: in this book sexual elements grow naturally out of the love relationship that preceded sexual union between Abraham and concubine Hagar and are contrasted with the loveless relationship between Abraham and his pagan priestess wife. Gompertz has done much in these pages to reclaim the sexual from the secular and restore it to the sacred and holy physical sign of psychospiritual union it is meant to be. Read, learn of an ancient culture, be moved, enjoy!
Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of two award-winning books, "This is the Place" and "Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered" Anyone who has ever been bothered¿morally or ethically¿by some of the events in the Bible may want to read "Abraham, The Dreamer." Rolf Gompertz manages to examine the doubts and questions we have all felt when reading the story of Abraham and the near sacrifice of his son, Isaac. Gompertz uses time-honored midrash-- the telling or retelling of a legend-- to achieve that end. He has examined the story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and their sons, Isaac and Ishmael as it is told in the Bible. Then he has studied interpretations by biblical philosophers, psychologists and other experts, and so given the ancient story new life, new meaning without losing any of its authentic qualities. As Gompertz examines the possible motivations for the actions of the characters, the Biblical tale comes to life for even a casual reader looking for a good read. After all, as Gompertz says, his ¿primary concern is to shed light on the human condition.¿ I found that reading about these people in the context of a love triangle made me look at many Biblical stories in a different light. The time, the place, the culture, and the evolution of religion all influence the thoughts and actions of people, then, now and forever more. We ought not forget that.. For Bible scholars the bibliography alone will be worth the price of the book. -------------------------------------------- (Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the author of the award-winning ¿This is the Place¿ and the soon to be published ¿Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered.¿)
With immaculate and well documented research, Rolf Gompertz retells the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar in a way that makes sense to the modern mind. This is a story that has survived hundreds of years but only comes alive--motivationally and sexually-- because of the poised pen of Author Gompertz.