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Genesis: The Beginning of Desire [Hardcover]

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(PUBJewish Publication Society)"Combines the contributions of contemporary biblical criticism, in-depth exegesis, and prosaic exposition to lead the reader beyond the fixed text to co-create meaning. A beautiful and arresting exercise. Highly recommended,"---Library Journal. 456 pages, hardcover.

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An intellectually stimulating and personally uplifting exploration of Genesis. "Genesis: the Beginning of Desire" breathes new life into the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Rachel, and Joseph. Zornberg brings biblical, midrashic, and literary sources together, weaving them into a seamless tapestry and illuminating the tensions that grip human beings as they search for and encounter God.

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Genesis: The Beginning of Desire by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 05/01/1995 page 104
  • Kirkus Reviews - 02/01/1995 page 156

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Jewish Publications Society
Pages   480
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 6.39" Height: 1.32"
Weight:   1.73 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1995
Publisher   Jewish Publications Society
Edition  New  
ISBN  0827605218  
ISBN13  9780827605213  

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Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg is the author of The Mumuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious, The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis and The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus. She lectures widely in Israel, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She lives in Jerusalem.

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Bible & Other Sacred Texts > Bible > Old Testament
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Commentaries > Old Testament
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4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Prophecies
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > General
7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > Sacred Writings > General
8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > Sacred Writings > Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) > Commentaries
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A Brilliant Contemporary Reanimation Of Genesis.  Mar 4, 2004
Avivah Gottleib Zornberg has compiled her essays on the weekly Parsha, and a lifetime of learning and teaching, to write these extraordinary commentaries on the Book of Genesis. She shares her own personal struggles for meaning "to discover the ways in which life and text inform each other." With a particularly fluid writing style the author weaves together biblical, midrashic and literary sources - from Rashi to Shakespeare - and, for me, she makes Torah more accessible and brings biblical characters to life. The interpretations presented here are offered as alternative understandings to literal translations and not given as fact. The depth and detail with which Ms. Gottlieb Zornberg reanimates the texts of "Bereshit," is extraordinary. This is a truly beautiful book.

The title "Genesis: The Beginning Of Desire" is taken from Wallace Stevens' "Notes Toward A Supreme Fiction" - "...not to have is the beginning of desire."

Erudition  May 30, 2001
This is a truly wonderful book. This author draws on remarkable and broad fluency with text--from Shakespeare and Sartre to Harold Bloom, the Bible itself from Genesis to Chronicles, and rabbinic literature from the Tanhuma to Rashi to R. David Hutner. What pervades this textual fluency is a marvelous attention to language, to the words with which worlds are created.

This book is no easy read. I recommend reading each chapter twice and highlighting or underlining, writing notes in the margins and discussing passages with a partner as you go. Active reading is required, but isn't that just what "midrash," literally to "search" for the meanings of a text, is all about?

This is a study of the book of Genesis but it is also a study of rabbinic midrashic exploration of the book of Genesis. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

From the heart as well as the mind  Jul 14, 1999
Zornberg's love, for the created order and its Creator, is just one of the refreshingly different things about this book, but perhaps in the last analysis the most important. If you are tired of titled and degreed fools who long ago stopped believing that God exists and cares about us, but have to keep publishing, get this book. But be prepared to invest time, and to sacrifice most of what you learned in Sunday School! Most highly recommended!

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