By Ronald Hendel
During its 2,500-year existence, the ebook of Genesis has been the keystone to nearly each vital declare approximately fact, humanity, and God in Judaism and Christianity. And it maintains to play a vital function in debates approximately technological know-how, politics, and human rights. With readability and ability, acclaimed biblical pupil Ronald Hendel offers a breathtaking historical past of this iconic e-book, exploring its influence on Western faith, philosophy, technology, politics, literature, and more.
Hendel lines how Genesis has formed perspectives of truth, and the way altering perspectives of fact have formed interpretations of Genesis. Literal and figurative readings have lengthy competed with one another. Hendel tells how Luther's criticisms of conventional figurative bills of Genesis undermined the Catholic Church; how Galileo made the novel argument that the cosmology of Genesis wasn't medical proof; and the way Spinoza made the both radical argument that the clinical strategy might be utilized to Genesis itself. certainly, Hendel indicates what percentage excessive issues of Western suggestion and artwork have taken the shape of encounters with Genesis--from Paul and Augustine to Darwin, Emily Dickinson, and Kafka.
From debates approximately slavery, gender, and sexuality to the struggles over creationism and evolution, Genesis has formed our international and keeps to take action this present day. This wide-ranging account tells the awesome tale of the lifetime of Genesis like no different book.
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