The Book of "Genesis" Hardback

A Biography

by Ronald S. Hendel;


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The Book of "Genesis"

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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
- 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.

Ronald Hendel is the Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the editor in chief of The Oxford Hebrew Bible and the author of Remembering Abraham and Reading Genesis.

The Book of "Genesis" by Ronald S. Hendel was published by Princeton University Press in October 2012 and is our 44502nd best seller. The ISBN for The Book of "Genesis" is 9780691140124.

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Contents

Introduction - The Life of Genesis
Chapter 1 - The Genesis of Genesis
Chapter 2 - The Rise of the Figural Sense
Chapter 3 - Apocalyptic Secrets
Chapter 4 - Platonic Worlds
Chapter 5 - Between the Figure and the Real
Chapter 6 - Genesis and Science: From the Beginning to Fundamentalism
Chapter 7 - Modern Times
Afterword - Stories of Our Alley

Endorsements

"Hendel's engaging and accessible biography reminds us that Genesis remains 'an astonishing book of marvelous realism and the root from which we came.'"--Christopher McConnell, Booklist

"This is an illuminating account, broad in historical scope and rich in interdisciplinary perspective, of the varied life that the book of Genesis has lived through almost three millennia. The writing is lucid and engaging, and the story of the multifarious receptions of this seminal text is deeply instructive."--Robert Alter, author of The Art of Biblical Narrative and The Art of Biblical Poetry

"The book of Genesis has had one of the most intriguingly complex lives of all biblical texts. Superbly interweaving many different readings of Genesis, from the allegorical and scientific to the historical and literary, Ronald Hendel covers diverse moments of reception, such as Galileo's writings, Darwin's theory of evolution, the American Civil War, and Kafka's parables. Each chapter is a gem in its own right--and together they create a spellbinding narrative."--Ilana Pardes, author of Melville's Bibles

"Ron Hendel moves easily from classic scholarship on the life that Genesis lived in its biblical birth family to his personal favorites among the biblical book's innumerable afterlives: Rashi and Luther, of course, but also Rabelais, Kafka, and Naguib Mahfouz--a lively lot of lives, in short, with something for everyone."--Jack Miles, author of God: A Biography

"This brilliant book is not only about Genesis but also the history of biblical interpretation. It is extremely learned, but it wears its learning lightly. This is great stuff, and there is nothing else like it."--John J. Collins, Yale Divinity School

"This is a wonderful book. Hendel displays his gifts as a teacher, writing in a tone that readers will find accessible and entertaining."--David Carr, Union Theological Seminary

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Page last updated 22nd November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPrinceton University Press (October 2012)
Weight371g
Number of Pages304
Thickness26 mm
Height190 mm
Width114 mm
ISBN9780691140124
ISBN-10069114012X
Product Code4037035
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