Surpassing Wonder: The Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds

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University of Chicago Press, Sep 29, 2001 - Religion - 658 pages
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Elegant and inventive, Surpassing Wonder uncovers how the ancient Hebrew scriptures, the Christian New Testament, and the Talmuds of the Rabbis are related and how, collectively, they make up the core of Western consciousness. Donald Harman Akenson provides an incisive critique of how religious scholars have distorted the holy books and argues that it was actually the inventor of the Hebrew scriptures who shaped our concept of narrative history—thereby founding Western culture.
 

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SURPASSING WONDER: The Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds

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Venturing as an amateur into biblical and Judaic studies, historian Akenson (Queen's University, Ontario) constructs a brilliant integrative theory of continuities and parallels between Hebrew ... Read full review

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Akenson describes Surpassing Wonder as a long love letter to Tanakh, the "New Testament," and the Talmuds. Readers are well advised to approach the book with something of a lover's patient indulgence ... Read full review

Contents

III
19
IV
64
V
91
VI
107
VII
109
VIII
133
IX
171
X
209
XVI
328
XVII
366
XVIII
399
XIX
415
XX
511
XXI
513
XXII
518
XXIII
526

XI
211
XII
244
XIII
271
XIV
273
XV
295
XXIV
538
XXV
606
XXVI
627
XXVII
649
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Donald Harman Akenson teaches at Queen's University in Canada and is the Beamish Research Professor at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. He is the Canada Council Molson Laureate and the author of over twenty books and novels.

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