Reading Genesis Beginnings

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  • Copyright: 2016-02-25
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark

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Deuteronomy 32:47 says the Pentateuch should not be 'an empty matter.' This new anthology from Beth Kissileff fills Genesis with meaning, gathering intellectuals and thinkers who use their professional knowledge to illuminate the Biblical text. These writers use insights from psychology, law, political science, literature, and other scholarly fields, to create an original constellation of modern Biblical readings, and receptions of Genesis: A scientist of appetite on Eve's eating behavior; law professors on contracts in Genesis, and on collective punishment; an anthropologist on the nature of human strife in the Cain and Abel story; political scientists on the nature of Biblical games, Abraham's resistance, and collective action.

The highly distinguished contributors include Alan Dershowitz and Ruth Westheimer, the novelists Rebecca Newberger Goldstein and Dara Horn, critics Ilan Stavans and Sander Gilman, historian Russell Jacoby, poets Alicia Suskin Ostriker and Jacqueline Osherow, and food writer Joan Nathan.

Author Biography

Beth Kissileff is the author of the forthcoming novel, Questioning Return. She is at work on a second novel and a scholarly study of Biblical misunderstandings between humans and God. She has received fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo and the National Endowment for the Humanities and has taught at Carleton College, the University of Minnesota, Smith College and Mount Holyoke College.

Table of Contents

Foreword David Plotz\Genesis 1-3 Creation\ "The Creation and Its Aftermath: Imposition of Constraints" Steven J. Brams\Genesis 2-3 Adam and Eve\ "Adam, Eve, Hunger, and Satiety" Harry Kissileff\"God's Serpent: Eve, Adam and the First Transgression" Joseph Weiler\"It is not good for man to be alone" Ruth Westheimer\Genesis 4: Cain And Abel\"The Symbolism of Conflict" Ruth Behar\Genesis 11: The Tower of Babel\ "On the Tower of Babel" Ilan Stavans\Genesis 12 - 21\Sarah and Rebecca "Hesed: Feminist Ethics in the Jewish Tradition" Susan Schept\Genesis 18: Abraham's Argument with God\ "Abraham's Argument with God over Sodom" Alan Dershowitz\Genesis 19 "Looking Back at Lot's Wife" Rebecca Newberger Goldstein\Genesis 21 "The Opinion of Hagar" Alicia Suskin Ostriker\Genesis 22: The Binding of Isaac\"The Akedah and the Arts of Resistance: Abraham Uses the Arts of the Weak" Ronald R. Krebs\"Waiting: A Jewish Paradox" Sander Gilman\Genesis 24: The Journey of Abraham's Servant\"'The Matter is From God': Narrative, Retelling, Appropriation" Beth Kissileff\Genesis 25- 28\"Isaac and Esau: Ideology of the Body and Man of the Body" Paul Root Wolpe\Genesis 25-50: Jacob \"Jacob: Some Notes on Character Development and Repentance" Dara Horn\Genesis 27: "Contracts of Genesis: The Blessing of Isaac" Geoffrey Miller\Genesis 32: Jacob and the "Angel"\"Jacob's Wrestling" Marc Shell\Genesis 34: "Crime and Collective Punishment: The Rape of Dinah" Oren Gross\Genesis 37-50\"Judah and his brothers: Becoming the Leader of his Pride" Renan Levine\"Joseph and the Use of Inside Information" Moses Pava\"Coats, Veils, Betrayal and Repentance: How Judah Becomes a Lion" Jacqueline Osherow\Genesis 41: Joseph as Zaphenat-Paneah "Zaphenath: A Jew in the Church of English Culture" Jeffrey Shoulson\Genesis 45: "They did not recognize him(Gen 42:8): Failed Facial recognition in the family of Joseph" Seth Greenberg\Genesis 47- 50\"The End of Jacob's life" Steven Albert\Art Plates Tobi Kahn

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