- Paperback: 118 pages
- Publisher: Aardvark Global Publishing dba ECKO Publishing (September 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1427655014
- ISBN-13: 978-1427655011
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
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What's in It for Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives Paperback – September 1, 2014
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"What's in It for Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives" percolated in my mind for 40 years before its publication in 2014. I am grateful for the AMAZON reviews it has received and that it is available as an audio book that has also been translated into German and Russian.
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"What's in It for Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives" offers a guided tour of the Torah, the Bible, the Greatest Stories Ever Told, or whatever you want to call those tales we learned as children, over and over, year after year. Yet repeated tellings haven't given us insight of the kind Fuchs brings to his first book: a grounded yet spiritual look at our civilization's most beloved mysteries.
Reading this book won't necessarily solve those mysteries or answer life's nagging questions, but what Fuchs gives his readers is a chance to form a new view of those old inscrutables. The rabbi who's been 'round the world clearly didn't write this book to offer his own personal reasons why you must believe to understand.
Instead, it appears he wrote it to give anyone who wants to understand a reason to believe.
In the end, that is what is in this book for everyone.
I was raised a Christian, but am now a Deist, so I did not have the preconceptions of either Christianity or Judaism when reading this book. What I found was a book that was enlightened in its approach, open to the reality that the stories of the first five books of the Bible and the Torah were meant to teach us moral lessons about personal responsibility and creating a more just and compassionate world, with women being as important to that effort as men. As a woman, I liked seeing women as heroines whom I could relate to rather than women as something to be feared and relegated to second-class status as several world faith's do today.
The fact that Rabbi Fuchs sees that these books are not strictly historical and definitely not scientific is refreshing to read in today's culture of literalism driving so many faiths. That he has written this book so that it is easy to read and understand with highlights of humor to make his points makes this book one that young people of all faiths will find easy to understand. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for people of all ages and faiths.
Rabbis are, first and foremost, scholars who are commanded to teach. Rabbi Fuchs does it better than most. It was like sitting in Chevrah Torah with him once again. And this time I have his words in front of me to enlighten me even more. Thank you, my friend, my rabbi, my teacher for this wonderful sharing.