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Abraham by David Rosenberg

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From the co-author of the bestselling "The Book of J", this is the first modern history of the Biblical Abraham and his world. The world's major religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - find a common root in one man: Abraham. Yet Abraham looms so large in the realm of world religions that he has remained a ward of the Divine rather than a flesh-and-blood citizen of Humanity. In his monumental new book, David Rosenberg provides a long-overdue history of the patriarch, while revealing that the original story embedded in the Bible is actually our oldest historical biography. We also discover that the wandering ascetic of tradition cannot explain our deep-seated feelings for Abraham and his God. The road that Abraham travelled was marked by signs of civilization that we still recognise: libraries, museums, hotels and houses of worship. He is a sophisticated, educated Sumerian; an artisan who became the first Jew. Moreover, through Rosenberg's audacious translation of the Abraham story from Genesis, we learn that many of the core tenets of the monotheistic tradition - the idea of God's covenant and the soul - are Sumerian in origin. Rosenberg first finds Abraham at his father's workshop in the cosmopolitan city of ancient Ur and follows his journey through what is today the Middle East. What kind of baggage - emotional, material and spiritual - would Abraham have taken with him on his migration to a new land? Abraham does more than present a founding spiritual father and his dynamic relationships with father, wife and son. We witness this man as he transforms his heritage into an anxious embrace of religion with secular culture - the human condition in which we are still enfolded today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465070954
ISBN-10: 0465070957
Format: Paperback
(236mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 5-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Rosenberg

David Rosenberg is a poet, essayist and critic. He is the former editor of the Jewish publication, Society, and was Harold Bloom's co-author for The Book of J. Rosenberg's other writings include A Poet's Bible, Congregation and The Lost Book of Paradise. He lives at the border between Miami and the Everglades in Florida.

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