Description - Understanding Genesis by Nahum M. Sarna
"This book...is designed to make the Bible of Israel intelligible, relevant and, hopefully, inspiring to a sophisticated generation, possessed of intellectual curiosity and ethical sensitivity." - NYT Book Review.
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(203mm x 133mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Schocken Books
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Book Reviews - Understanding Genesis by Nahum M. Sarna
US Kirkus Review »
This is the first volume in a series aimed at an intelligent, relevant, and inspiring exposition of the Bible of Israel for sophisticated modern readers. The author develops the interpretative position for this volume in terms that avoid pious sentimentality, on the one hand, and a sterilized critical scholasticism, on the other. His treatment of the Genesis accounts of the beginnings of Israel is familiar with the parallel circumstances and influential factors existing in the ancient world in which Israel took shape as a people. At the same time, he makes clear the selective and adaptive character of the way in which Israel used and recreated these ancient resources so that they take on an almost entirely new significance. The result is a work of high scholarship, at the same time within the understanding of the serious lay reader; and valuable equally to those of the Jewish and Christian communities. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Nahum M. Sarna
Nahum M. Sarna is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University. Author of Exploring Exodus and On the Book of Psalms, he is an editor and translator of the Jewish Publication Society's translation of the Bible.