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by Isaac Asimov

  • ISBN: 0517543362
  • Category: Religious books
  • Author: Isaac Asimov
  • Subcategory: Religious Studies
  • Other formats: mbr txt lit lrf
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (December 12, 1988)
  • Pages: 234 pages
  • FB2 size: 1686 kb
  • EPUB size: 1330 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 210
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Isaac Asimov 2. The First Book of Moses begins, in the original Hebrew, with the word bereshith

The notion of an eternal Universe introduces a great many difficulties, some of them apparently (at least in the present state of our scientific knowledge) insuperable, but scientists are not disturbed by difficulties-those make up the game. If all the difficulties were gone and all the questions answered, the game of science would be over (Scientists suspect that will never happen. There, then, is perhaps the most fundamental disagreement between the Bible and science. 2. The First Book of Moses begins, in the original Hebrew, with the word bereshith. It was not uncommon in Biblical times to refer to a book by its first word or words.

In the Beginning book. Isaac Asimov makes some interesting points, but the book suffers woefully from a lack of sources. It's difficult to take seriously an author who, in all earnestness, discusses This book isn't quite what it promises to be. The introduction (and subtitle) claim a book that analyzes the science of the book of Genesis. It does - but it also examines the history, culture, and etymology of Genesis, perhaps more so. This isn't necessarily bad; I actually prefer it when he goes off on those tangents.

This is young Isaac Asimov's first novel, full of wonders and ideas, the book that launched the novels of the Galactic Empire, culminating in the Foundation series

This is young Isaac Asimov's first novel, full of wonders and ideas, the book that launched the novels of the Galactic Empire, culminating in the Foundation series. This is Golden Age SF at its finest. Fantasy, Science Fiction, Actions & Adventure, History & Fiction. But as his memories begin to return, Rik finds himself driven by a cryptic message he is determined to deliver: Everyone on Florinia is doomed. the Currents of Space are bringing destruction. But if the planet is evacuated, the power of Sark will end-so some would finish the job and would kill the messenger.

Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia, on January 2, 1920. Asimov won numerous awards and honors for his books and stories, and he is considered to be a leading writer of the Golden Age of science fiction. His family emigrated to the United States in 1923 and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where they owned and operated a candy store. Asimov became a naturalized . citizen at the age of eight. As a youngster he discovered his talent for writing, producing his first original fiction at the age of eleven. While he did not invent science fiction, he helped to legitimize it by adding the narrative structure that had been missing from the traditional science fiction books of the period.

Isaac Asimov (/ˈæzɪmɒv/; c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification.

A list of Isaac Asimov's 506 books arranged by his own categories as in his autobiographies, though later books have been added. 1 Pebble in the Sky (Doubleday 1950). 4 Foundation (Gnome Press 1951). 5 David Starr, Space Ranger (Doubleday 1952). 6 Foundation and Empire (Gnome Press 1952). 7 The Currents of Space (Doubleday 1952). 9 Second Foundation (Gnome Press 1953). 10 Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids (Doubleday 1953).

In the Beginning: Science Faces God in the Book of Genesis

In the Beginning: Science Faces God in the Book of Genesis. The beginning of time. There is no version of primeval history, preceding the discoveries of modern science, that is as rational and as inspiriting as that of the Book of Genesis, Asimov says.

Isaac Asimov is truly one of the greatest literary geniuses of all time. Isaac Asimov was a highly prolific author and inspiration for many. His career started in 1939 when he first began writing sci-fi short stories. By Christopher McFadden

Isaac Asimov is truly one of the greatest literary geniuses of all time. His visions for the future of technology and society have had wide-reaching impacts on countless generations of children and adults alike. By Christopher McFadden. 1, 2. Isaac Asimov is one of the world's greatest authors of all time. His work has inspired countless generations of children and adults to take up an interest in science and dare to dream of the future of mankind.

Isaac Asimov is not a Christian and approaches this subject with an even hand and a balanced manner. He is a scientist who has written many articles directed towards those wishing to gain a fair perspective and basic information of a subject

Isaac Asimov is not a Christian and approaches this subject with an even hand and a balanced manner. He is a scientist who has written many articles directed towards those wishing to gain a fair perspective and basic information of a subject. In this book, he compares the biblical version of creation with scientific knowledge verse by verse and describes where the two coincide and where there are differences. I recommend the book highly. 22 people found this helpful.

Compares the biblical description of creation with the latest scientific theories in a line-by-line annotation of the first eleven chapters of Genesis, highlighting the scientific accuracy of many parts of the scriptural account
Reviews about In the Beginning (7):
riki
Those individuals who discuss and wonder about the creation stories provided in the Book of Genesis will find Isaac Asimov's book "In the Beginning: Science Faces God in the Book of Genesis" most useful. The book is helpful in correlating the biblical and geophysical histories of the Earth and humankind. Isaac Asimov is not a Christian and approaches this subject with an even hand and a balanced manner. He is a scientist who has written many articles directed towards those wishing to gain a fair perspective and basic information of a subject. In this book, he compares the biblical version of creation with scientific knowledge verse by verse and describes where the two coincide and where there are differences. I recommend the book highly.
Wenaiand
Book is quite an interesting analysis of the Books of Genesis. However it has more editorial/proofreading errors than any book I have read in my 74 years - often many per page. Can't imagine why Amazon would sell such a erroneously printed book.
deadly claw
This paragraph is for Kindle users who use large print : The layout can be confusing, but if you shrink the type to a smaller size, the layout will be obvious. (Then expand it again to read, of course.) The word-by-word discussion of Genesis Chapters 1-11 is indicated by footnotes on verbatim quotes from the King James version. The footnotes can be read by tapping on the superscripts, which follow immediately after the text. But if you read the footnotes by tapping on them, you then have to skip the text for a while after you return. Once you understand that, it reads without much trouble. I found the quotations to be short enough that I could read the quotes, then the footnotes.
As to the content, Asimov, a polymath, was a Biblical scholar as well as a popularizer of science and writes here as clearly and understandably as ever! He shows how Genesis embodies the then-current understanding of the universe and shows where that agrees with and differs from our now-current (that is, 1981) understanding. I found the comparisons to be quite interesting. His explanations of confusing passages give plausible reasons for how they came to be the way they are. He also explains the significance of the lengthy genealogy that I found boring when I first read it.
His major between-the-lines point, I believe, is that the Bible was compiled from earlier sources by intelligent, educated men of their times - but was not inspired by God.
HappyLove
One of two books on the Bible by Asimov that I've read. He was, of course, an agnost; he'd say "secular humanist" but does an impartial and exhaustively complete examination of Genesis, and mostly succeeds in avoiding "digs" at organized religion. He discusses the origins of the different bibles, incidentally tracking many of the ideas back to the Mesopotamians. He encourages the reader to regard the Bible as a valued historical document from a time when there just weren't many around to glean history from. I've always been amazed that Asimov could have published so many books, and yet have done the mind-boggling research this must have taken. Whether or not you have an axe to grind on the subject, you'll learn something from this book.
Jorad
I'm not going to comment on Isaac Asimov's written word--he is a sound author and scientist. I will address my comments instead toward all the proofing and typesetting mistakes in the 2009 First E-reads edition. There is at least one typo on any open two pages. It is very distracting from the content of the book. If you are wanting a quality addition to a personal library, this version is not the one to choose. If you want the content for a quick read and some education, borrow an older edition from the library--I'm assuming they did a more professional job in the 80's.
Eigonn
A solid intro to the book of Genesis... Still relevant...
Not-the-Same
I’m not a biblical scholar, but chose this book out of curiosity. I enjoyed reading this book. It filled in a lot of holes from my childhood bible studies. Kept me interest throughout.
A great introduction to Asimov's Guide to the Bible which is a book everyone could/should read.

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