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In the Beginning A New Interpretation of Genesis (Paperback)

Author:  Karen Armstrong
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0345406044
ISBN-13: 9780345406040
Sku: 30050074
Publish Date: 10/1/1997
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  208
 
"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 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
From the Publisher:
"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 ReviewAs the foundation stone of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, the Book of Genesis unfolds some of the most arresting stories of world literature. In this book, Karen Armstrong brilliantly illuminates the mysteries and profundities of this mystifying work.
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Karen Armstrong traces the general movement of the Book of Genesis and its great themes, looks at these stories in detail, and demonstrates why they work to illustrate the human quest for meaning.
Author Bio
Karen Armstrong
Often, women or men who leave a life dedicated to religion don't look back. However, in the case of Karen Armstrong, her formal religious life gave way to a broader, worldlier pursuit of God in the academic and journalistic arenas. Born in 1945 in a small town outside of Birmingham, England, Armstrong had a childhood of wild imagining and voracious reading. She thrived during 11 years of Catholic schooling before, in 1962, turning her life over to the religious order she had grown up with. Initially convinced that convent life would be fulfilling, Armstrong grew to feel differently and, after a strenuous novitiate, she left the order in 1969 and turned to Oxford, where she received her Bachelors degree in literature. Later, in addition to teaching literature at the University of London, Armstrong wrote her autobiography, THROUGH THE NARROW GATE (1983). This book not only allowed her to come to terms with the decision she had made in 1969, but it also granted her, in 1984, an invitation from British Channel 4 Television to write a documentary on St. Paul in Jerusalem, which gave Armstrong firsthand experience of the clashing of the three dominant monotheistic religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Since that time, she has worked diligently on academic and journalistic projects oriented around these faith systems. She is known as the preeminent commentator on comparative religion in Britain and the United States: she has been a teacher at the Leo Baeck School for the Study of Judaism and was the recipient of the 1999 Muslim Public Affairs Council's Media Award. As for her own beliefs, though her work has brought her back to the religious life through the back door of academics, she is neither biased to any one faith system nor beholden to her history, referring to herself only as a "freelance monotheist."

Praise

Boston Book Review
"Karen Armstrong's 'In the Beginning' is a remarkable piece of modern biblical commentary. It is accessible, succinct, well written and thought provoking." - Christian Zabriskie October 1996

Boston Globe
"She keeps our encounter with the pages of 'Genesis', and their human and and divine characters, direct and vitals."

San Francisco Chronicle
'A former nun, she has the intellect and spirit of someone freed from ecclesiastical restraints, making passionate arguments and calling them as she sees them." - Don Lattin

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0208
Product attributePublisher:   Ballantine Books
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