The Book of "Genesis": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

The Book of "Genesis": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)


During its 2,500-year lifestyles, the ebook of Genesis has been the keystone to nearly each very important declare approximately truth, humanity, and God in Judaism and Christianity. And it keeps to play a important position in debates approximately technology, politics, and human rights. With readability and talent, acclaimed biblical pupil Ronald Hendel offers a breathtaking heritage of this iconic e-book, exploring its influence on Western faith, philosophy, technology, politics, literature, and extra.

Hendel lines how Genesis has formed perspectives of fact, and the way altering perspectives of fact have formed interpretations of Genesis. Literal and figurative readings have lengthy competed with one another. Hendel tells how Luther's criticisms of conventional figurative debts of Genesis undermined the Catholic Church; how Galileo made the novel argument that the cosmology of Genesis wasn't medical facts; and the way Spinoza made the both radical argument that the medical technique could be utilized to Genesis itself. certainly, Hendel exhibits what percentage excessive issues of Western concept and paintings have taken the shape of encounters with Genesis--from Paul and Augustine to Darwin, Emily Dickinson, and Kafka.

From debates approximately slavery, gender, and sexuality to the struggles over creationism and evolution, Genesis has formed our international and maintains to take action this day. This wide-ranging account tells the amazing tale of the lifetime of Genesis like no different book.

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