- Paperback: 195 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 7th edition (October 7, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345406044
- ISBN-13: 978-0345406040
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis Paperback – October 7, 1997
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“Karen Armstrong is a genius.”—A. N. Wilson
“A lyrical chronicle of one woman's wrestling with Genesis that can serve as a guide to others . . . As notable for its scholarship as it is for its honesty and vulnerability.”—Publishers Weekly
“Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic.”—The New York Times Book Review
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"KAREN ARMSTRONG IS A GENIUS."
--A. N. Wilson
As the foundation stone of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, The Book of Genesis unfolds some of the most arresting stories of world literature--the Creation; Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel; the sacrifice of Isaac. Yet the meaning of Genesis remains enigmatic. In this fascinating volume, Karen Armstrong, author of the highly acclaimed bestseller A History of God, brilliantly illuminates the mysteries and profundities of this mystifying work.
"A lyrical chronicle of one woman's wrestling with Genesis that can serve as a guide to others . . . As notable for its scholarship as it is for its honesty and vulnerability."
"Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic."
--The New York Times Book Review
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An example of what she does can be found in her treatment of Noah and Abraham. Both men are seen as obedient and accepting of God's destructiveness and lack of concern for the innocent (the Flood and the Sacrifice of Issac). Abraham goes off to sacrifice Issac with the same submissiveness with which Noah builds his ark. But in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham argues with God and God reduces the absolute severity of his punishment! Perhaps this is the true beginning of Judaism in the Bible.