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Beginnings: Reflections on the Bible's Intriguing "Firsts"

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The bestselling and prize-winning Israeli author Meir Shalev describes the many firsts of the Bible - the first love and the first death, to the first laugh and the first dream -providing a fresh, secular and surprising look at the stories we think we know.

The first kiss in the Bible is not a kiss of love. The first love in the Bible isnot the love of a man and a woman. The first hatred in the Bible is the hatred of a man toward his wife. The first laugh in the Bible is also the last. In Beginnings, Meir Shalev reintroduces us to theheroes and heroines of the Old Testament, exploring these and many more of the Bible's unexpected firsts. Combining penetrating wit, deep empathy, and impressive knowledge of the Bible, he probes each episodeto uncover nuances and implications that a lesser writer would overlook, and his nontraditional, nonreligious interpretations of the famous stories of the Bible take them beyond platitudes and assumptions to the love, fear, tragedy, and inspiration at their heart. Literary, inquisitive, and honest, Shalev makes these stories come alive in all their complicated beauty, and though these stories are ancient, their resonance remainsintensely contemporary.

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Synopsis:

The award-winning Israeli author of A Pigeon and a Boy shares non-traditional interpretations of famous biblical stories that recount first-time events, from the first kiss and the first love to the first hatred and the first laugh.

About the Author

\MEIR SHALEV (b. 1948) is one of Israel's most celebrated writers. Author of six novels, most recently A Pigeon and a Boy, and five works of non-fiction, his writing has been translated into over 20 languages. A columnist for the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, Shalev lives in Jerusalem and in the north of Israel with his wife and children. He has received the Brenner Prize, Israel's highest literary honor, the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and numerous international honors.

Table of Contents

The first love — The first dream — The first king — The first weeping — The first spies — The first animal — The first loving woman — The first prophet — The first laugh — The first hate — The first law.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307717191
Subtitle:
Reflections on the Bible's Intriguing Firsts
Publisher:
Harmony Books
Author:
Shalev, Meir
Subject:
Religion : Biblical Studies - General
Subject:
Religion : Judaism - General
Subject:
Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - Old Testament
Subject:
Biblical Studies - General
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Bible - General
Subject:
Christianity-Bible Commentary
Subject:
Christianity-Biblical Criticism
Subject:
Judaism-Bible Commentary and Criticism
Subject:
Judaism - History
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20110301
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
304

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Religion » Christianity » Bibles » Commentary » General
Religion » Christianity » Bibles » Reference
Religion » Christianity » Biblical Reference » Criticism
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Judaism » General

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"Synopsis" by , The award-winning Israeli author of A Pigeon and a Boy shares non-traditional interpretations of famous biblical stories that recount first-time events, from the first kiss and the first love to the first hatred and the first laugh.
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