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In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis [Paperback]

By Karen Armstrong (Author)
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The author of the New York Times best-seller A History of God illuminates the message of each story of Genesis, traces its overall design, and shows how its stories illustrate the human quest for meaning. Reprint.

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--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."
--Publishers Weekly

"Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic."
--The New York Times Book Review

Citations And Professional Reviews
In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis by Karen Armstrong has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 97
  • New York Times - 11/09/1997 page 36
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 73
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 73

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Ballantine Books
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 7, 1997
Publisher   Ballantine Books
ISBN  0345406044  
ISBN13  9780345406040  

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More About Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong is one of the world's foremost scholars on religious affairs. She is the author of a number of bestselling books, including The Battle for God, Buddha, Jerusalem, A History of God, and Through the Narrow Gate, a memoir of her seven years as a nun. She lives in London.

Karen Armstrong currently resides in London. Karen Armstrong was born in 1944.

Karen Armstrong has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Ballantine Reader's Circle
  2. Books That Changed the World

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Authors, A-Z > ( A ) > Armstrong, Karen
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Commentaries > Old Testament
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Criticism & Interpretation > General
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Criticism & Interpretation > Old Testament
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6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Philosophy

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Genesis would never look the same  Jan 6, 2007
A unique view of the book of Genesis, as seen through the eyes of a very intelligent woman. An insightful analysis of the texts done by an expert. Best thing is my beliefs were the same after reading this book, I was expecting either a praise to religion or the tale of a rebel, but this is a serious, well thought and complete approach, the perspective and the book though, are unforgettable.
easy read , from Armstrong  Sep 6, 2006
I had been meaning to buy Armstrong ever since I saw the docu "History of God". seeing her on c-spn lecture for here book the "Great Transformation" pushed me over and I bought both "Great Transformation" as well as "In the beginning". "In teh beginning is certainly as easier read, it outlines the conflict and imperfection in our relationship with God. She is a wise peot who attacked her subject the expertise, though the reader should be weary she does have her critics. But yeah, it's a good book.
A New Beginning  Mar 9, 2006
It is easy to read and understandable. It gives a scholarly view of Genesis
Very readable  Aug 28, 2005
This book is a great way to get to know the people of Genesis. I think the author sometimes interjects some opinions needlessly, but it isn't overbearing. Very good read.
Genesis - New Possibilities  Oct 11, 2004
This is a worthwhile and interesting read particularly if you are interested in sorting out the stories found in Genesis. Karen Armstrong is a clear, concise writer whose prose flows smoothly across the pages. I enjoyed reading this rather short book and I found that her interpretation of Genesis can be broken down into two sections. I call them the Bible scholar section and the psychologist section. I found the first section far more interesting and consequential.

The first section is new, compelling, and academically oriented. In this first section, her explanation and interpretation of the Creation and the Garden of Eden stories offer a surprisingly fresh glimpse into each biblical tale. In general, skeptics of the Bible seem to have the most difficulty accepting the Creation and Garden of Eden stories. Her interpretation offers new possibilities for understanding these tales.

The second section is literally a retelling of the remaining Genesis stories without the sound pedagogical focus. She switches roles from a Bible scholar to pop-psychologist. In this role, she uses the remaining pages of this short book to retell the remaining Genesis stories with a generous portion of the time spent laying out the psychological angst of these early Biblical families. Unlike the first section, this is not at all new and compelling.

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