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Rabbi Dennis Shulman, Ph.D. has been a clinical psychologist-psychoanalyst for twenty-eight years. He practices psychotherapy in Manhattan and New Jersey. Rabbi Shulman is a popular teacher of religious and mental health professionals at the Reform Jewish seminary in NYC and at psychoanalytic institutes throughout the United States.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.; First Edition edition (June 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595280250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595280254
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Genesis characters and narratives come alive.
Solomon Mann
I found his comparison of the Biblical's dual presentation of God with Freud's and Jung's "single factor" analysis stunning.
Glenn Goldberg, J.D., R.C.
I recommend this book for any Christian who wants to gain a profound understanding of the first book of the Bible.
Joseph Barrington, Ph.D.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Heschel-Goldman on September 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
I just finished "The Genius of Genesis" by Dennis G. Shulman and I am moved.
If you only read one book this year about psychology or religion, it should be "The Genius of Genesis."
And if you only have time to read one chapter, it should be the final chapter, Chapter Six. In this chapter, the author integrates a vast library of thinkers and perspectives, including among others, Freud, Jung, Maimonides, Fromm, and develops a message that is not only scholarly and wise, but inspiring.
I hope that "The Genius of Genesis" gains the attention it deserves.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Solomon Mann on September 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I received the E-mail from the Jewish Press announcing that Dennis Shulman's Genius of genesis was selected as its August Book Choice, I ordered it not expecting much. I have read many books about Genesis, from Norman Cohen to Aviva Zornberg to Bruce Feiler and most recently, Leon Kass; and found little in any of them that was new or interesting. Shulman's book surprised me. The scholarship is vast. The Genesis characters and narratives come alive. The perspective is open minded, interesting and novel. I highly recommend Shulman's book for anyone (Jew, Christian or agnostic) who is looking for a deeper understanding of the biblical stories they grew up with.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Goldberg, J.D., R.C. on August 5, 2003
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The story of Genesis come alive In The Genius of Genesis by Rabbi/Dr. Dennis Shulman. He has crafted a brilliant, profound, moving and penetrating analysis and explication of these foundational books of the Bible, which is simultaneously accessible to the layperson, provocative and revealing to biblical scholars, and enlightening and illuminating to psychotherapists. His synthesis of biblical passages, Rabbinic, Christian and Muslim commentaries, and psychoanalytical insights and perspectives will become "must reading" for anyone interested in Biblical explication, psychoanalytical theory and practice, and transformational growth.
Shulman's careful, cogent, precise and painstaking scholarship is, without question, a milestone in the study of Genesis. His application of psychological insights resolve heretofore troubling inconsistencies in the dual Biblical accounts of Genesis. His explication of the Akedah deepens and enriches immeasurably our understanding of the meaning and implications for transformational change of Abraham's initial willingness, and eventual refusal, to sacrifice his son Isaac. The multi-generational impact of his final choice -- the transformation of subsequent generations of Abraham's children and grandchildren and especially Isaac's struggles and transformation to become Israel -- has never been explained more clearly or conclusively.
I read this magnificent piece of work in one sitting. It was as spellbinding as the best novel, but the fundamental human truths it underscores are far richer than any novel. In the final analysis, The Genius of Genesis underscores the penultimate challenge and choice we each face in our lives: to choose good or to be ruled by our darker side.
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