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by Karen Armstrong

  • ISBN: 0345406044
  • Category: Christian Books
  • Author: Karen Armstrong
  • Subcategory: Bible Study & Reference
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 7th edition (October 7, 1997)
  • Pages: 195 pages
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  • Rating: 4.4
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In the Beginning book. The power of Genesis lies in its stories, especially those of the.

Karen Armstrong offers fresh insights about the nature of God as seen in the book of Genesis. It's a valuable book to set over against the numerous claims by literalists who see Creation as something done in six 24 hour "clock and calendar" days

Karen Armstrong offers fresh insights about the nature of God as seen in the book of Genesis. It's a valuable book to set over against the numerous claims by literalists who see Creation as something done in six 24 hour "clock and calendar" days. In other words, Armstrong presents the actually meaning of Genesis. One person found this helpful.

Armstrong traces the grand design of Genesis and its great themes, examines its stories in fascinating detail, and shows why . This is obviously very different from the way we normally read books in the modern West

Armstrong traces the grand design of Genesis and its great themes, examines its stories in fascinating detail, and shows why and how they work so well to illustrate the human quest for meaning. We discover how these ancient tales illuminate our most profound and intractable problems: our struggle with evil, with obtuseness, with cowardice, and particularly with the difficulty of facing up to the consequences of our past actions. This is obviously very different from the way we normally read books in the modern West. Our scientific culture trains us to look for the literal truths of the words on the page. We expect a text to express its ideas as clearly as possible.

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195 pages, softcover. In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis (9780345406040) by Karen Armstrong. As the foundation stone of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, The Book of Genesis unfolds some of the most arresting stories of world literature-the Creation; Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel; the sacrifice of Isaac. Yet the meaning of Genesis remains enigmatic. In this fascinating volume, Karen Armstrong, author of the highly acclaimed bestseller A History of God, brilliantly illuminates the mysteries and profundities of this mystifying work. A lyrical chronicle of one woman's wrestling with Genesis that can serve as a guide to others.

Karen armstrong is a genius. -A. N. Wilson As the foundation stone of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, The Book of Genesis unfolds some of the most arresting stories of world literature-the Creation; Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel; the sacrifice of Isaac. Yet the meaning of Genesis remains enigmatic

In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis. Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of A History of God, skillfully narrates this history of the Crusades with a view toward their profound and continuing influence

In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis. The power of Genesis lies in its stories, especially those of the creation, the Fall, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph. Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of A History of God, skillfully narrates this history of the Crusades with a view toward their profound and continuing influence. In 1095 Pope Urban II summoned Christian warriors to take up the cross and reconquer the. The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions.

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A former Roman Catholic religious sister, she went from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical Christian faith. She attended St Anne's College, Oxford, while in the convent and majored in English. In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis.

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“Karen Armstrong is a genius.”—A. N. WilsonAs the foundation stone of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, The Book of Genesis unfolds some of the most arresting stories of world literature—the Creation; Adam and Eve; Cain and Abel; the sacrifice of Isaac. Yet the meaning of Genesis remains enigmatic. In this fascinating volume, Karen Armstrong, author of the highly acclaimed bestseller A History of God, brilliantly illuminates the mysteries and profundities of this mystifying work.“A lyrical chronicle of one woman's wrestling with Genesis that can serve as a guide to others . . . As notable for its scholarship as it is for its honesty and vulnerability.”—Publishers Weekly“Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic.”—The New York Times Book Review
Reviews about In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis (7):
Anazan
This is the first Armstrong book I have read and I intend to read more of her works. In this book, Armstrong presents commentary and some interpretation of the book of Genesis. I think most readers will find Armstrong's views eye openers. I've never read the book of Genesis critically or in much depth, my thinking being that it was written primarily to present the creation stories (yes, plural). However, with Armstrong's guidance I now appreciate Genesis as a foundational book that sheds light on God's purpose for the creation, and failings. Failings may be too strong a word for many to associate with God, but after all God did create humanity in His image, and as exemplified by humanity, that must mean that God at least strives for perfection which implies His sometimes falls short. Read this very well written and entertaining book and the reader will surely come to understand my meaning.
Cobyno
The Commentary sticks with the whole telling without rewriting. The focus of her interpretation is on the personalities of the main characters, so it is better once Genesis reaches Noah and the stories of the Patriarchs. The analysis of Joseph`s story is well done and particularly insightful.
Brakora
I was not a sympathetic fan of Armstrong's and was pleasantly surprised at the delightful writing and the provocative ideas. She raises questions seldom raised (but real) and suggests conclusions outside the mainstream. If you are at all familiar with the book she is writing about, you should find new insights and possibilities. I did not agree with everything she said (of course), but would suggest that anyone who avoids this study of Genesis will miss too much.

An example of what she does can be found in her treatment of Noah and Abraham. Both men are seen as obedient and accepting of God's destructiveness and lack of concern for the innocent (the Flood and the Sacrifice of Issac). Abraham goes off to sacrifice Issac with the same submissiveness with which Noah builds his ark. But in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham argues with God and God reduces the absolute severity of his punishment! Perhaps this is the true beginning of Judaism in the Bible.
Anarasida
You will never think of Adam and Eve, let alone Abraham, Issac, and Jacob the same way again. If you want to take the Bible literally this is NOT the book for you! But if you want understand the story of God as understood by the people who first told the stories this is the book. Karen Armstrong does not judge but neither does she ignore the implications of the stories told in Genesis. She asks the questions I always have had but was afraid to voice in most bible studies.
Invissibale
Karen Armstrong offers fresh insights about the nature of God as seen in the book of Genesis. It's a valuable book to set over against the numerous claims by literalists who see Creation as something done in six 24 hour "clock and calendar" days. In other words, Armstrong presents the actually meaning of Genesis.
Vozilkree
You haven't come close to understanding this first book of the Bible until you have read this book. And this book is only the beginning.
BeatHoWin
Karen Armstrong is an amazing writer. She writes from her wisdom yet does not use confounding language or concepts. The intro of this book left my head spinning. I'm not sure what to do with the perspective she reveals.
Armstrong presents a clear and objective analysis of the roots of Biblical stories. She undresses the absolutism connected to Biblical statements and shows the human foibles of the many authors writing in the name of God.

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