Beginning of Desire Reflections on Genesis

ISBN-10: 0805212396
ISBN-13: 9780805212396
Edition: 2011
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Description: Turn the Scriptures over to Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg and what do you get? A unique blend of brilliant literary insights and theological wisdom, derived from a lifelong immersion in rabbinic traditions and lore. With amazing literary sensitivity,  More...

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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430

Turn the Scriptures over to Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg and what do you get? A unique blend of brilliant literary insights and theological wisdom, derived from a lifelong immersion in rabbinic traditions and lore. With amazing literary sensitivity, Zornberg ingeniously breathes new life into Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Rachel, and Joseph. The author's vibrant spirit, charming personality, and infectious enthusiasm for the Bible draw the reader into the search for meaning where real life and the biblical story intersect.The Beginning Of Desireimaginatively interweaves biblical, rabbinic, and literary sources into a colorful tapestry that is both intellectually stimulating and personally uplifting. One of the Jewish biblical scholars scheduled to appear on the Bill Moyers PBS special on Genesis, Avivah Zornberg employs an amazing repertoire of literary sources to engage the audience and illuminate the text. Delivering her erudition in a pleasantly lyrical style, the author shares her experience of God with the world. It is an intimate, personal, and revealing encounter no one should miss.

AVIVAH GOTTLIEB ZORNBERG is the author of The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis (a National Jewish Book Award winner), The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus, and The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious (a National Jewish Book Award finalist). She was born in London and received a Ph.D. in English literature from Cambridge University. She lectures widely in Israel, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She lives and teaches in Jerusalem.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Pivoting Point
Kindness and Ecstasy
Travails of Faith
Language and Silence
Vertigo-The Residue of the Akedah
Sincerity and Authenticity
Dispersions
The Quest for Wholeness
Re-membering the Dismembered
The Absence of the Imagination
The Pit and the Rope
The Beginning of Desire
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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