In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 10, 2011 - Religion - 208 pages
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.

In this fascinating book by the author of A History of God and Jerusalem, one of the best-known and least-understood books of the Bible is clarified for modern readers. Armstrong shows readers how the ancient tales of the Creation, the Fall, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph illuminate our most profound and impenetrable problems.
  

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Review: In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis

User Review  - Cedric Rudolph - Goodreads

Armstrong uses current Western views of psychology and ethics to explicate a centuries-old text. From the terse chapters of Genesis, she derives stunning and often-surprising characterizations of the ... Read full review

Review: In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis

User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

Easy read, interesting interpretations. Not as deep or complex as some of her other works Read full review

Contents

Rebekah
Jacob and Esau
The Blessing of Jacob
Jacobs Ladder
A Blessing or a Curse?
Jacob Agonistes
The Rape of Dinah
The Fall of Jacob

The Possibility of Evil
Sin and Curse
Cain and Abel
The Evil Inclination
The Flood
Noah
The Ark
The New Adam
The Tower of Babel
Abraham
Lot
Abraham and Pharaoh
The Friend of God
Family Values
Isaac
Joseph
Judah and Tamar
Joseph in Egypt
Recognition
Judahs Intervention
A Happy Ending?
Jacobs Blessing
No Last Word
GENESIS
Notes
53
Suggestions for Further Reading
54
Acknowledgments
55
About the Author
58
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About the author (2011)

Karen Armstrong's first book, the bestselling Through the Narrow Gate (1981), described her seven years as a nun in a Roman Catholic order. She has published numerous books, including A History of God, which has been translated into thirty languages, A History of Jerusalem and In the Beginning: A New Reading of Genesis. Her more recent works include Islam: A Short History and Buddha, which was an international bestseller. Since 1982 she has been a freelance writer and broadcaster. She lives in London.

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