The Book of Genesis: A Biography

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This book owes its birth to many hands. My thanks to Fred Appel for inviting me to contribute a volume to the Lives of Great Religious Books. Since the life of Genesis is so vast, I did what professors do—I designed a course. My thanks to the delightful and inquisitive Berkeley undergraduates who have taken this course (“The Bible in Western Culture”), which is now my favorite offering. Their questions have pushed me to explore things deeply, for which I am grateful. Thanks also to my excellent teaching assistants, Daniel Fisher, Alison Joseph, and Dale Loepp. I relied on many of my faculty colleagues to bring me up to speed on topics ancient, medieval, and modern. Several of them generously commented on drafts of chapters: Steve Justice, Niklaus Largier, Tony Long, Chessie Rochberg, and Jonathan Sheehan. Bob Alter, to whom this book is dedicated, vetted the whole manuscript (and must have noticed his influence in several parts). Yosefa Raz, my research assistant, provided invaluable comments on style and content. With these superb advisors, any flaws in conception and execution are my own stubborn fault. Jodi Beder bravely tamed my prose. Janet

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction - The Life of Genesis 1
  • Chapter 1 - The Genesis of Genesis 14
  • Chapter 2 - The Rise of the Figural Sense 45
  • Chapter 3 - Apocalyptic Secrets 63
  • Chapter 4 - Platonic Worlds 83
  • Chapter 5 - Between the Figure and the Real 109
  • Chapter 6 - Genesis and Science- From the Beginning to Fundamentalism 145
  • Chapter 7 - Modern Times 196
  • Afterword - Stories of Our Alley 242
  • Timeline 247
  • Notes 249
  • Index of Citiations 269
  • General Index 271
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