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Genesis as It Is Written: Contemporary Writers on Our First Stories

by David Rosenberg (Editor & Introduction)

Other authors: Madison Smartt Bell (Contributor), James Carroll (Contributor), Alfred Corn (Contributor), Michael Dorris (Contributor), Allegra Goodman (Contributor)15 more, Ron Hansen (Contributor), Geoffrey Hartman (Contributor), Edward Hirsch (Contributor), Phillip Lopate (Contributor), Clarence Major (Contributor), David Mamet (Contributor), Leonard Michaels (Contributor), Arthur Miller (Contributor), Kathleen Norris (Contributor), Robert Pinsky (Contributor), Francine Prose (Contributor), Norma Rosen (Contributor), Grace Schulman (Contributor), Lore Segal (Contributor), David Shapiro (Contributor)

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"Unlike any other stories in our culture, those in the book of Genesis confront us with provoking scenes of love and death, stark allegiances and subtle betrayals. At first glance, these narratives may seem straightforward, but as we reread and delve more deeply into them they begin to resonate with new meaning and they force us to reexamine our understanding of the social, ethical, and political landscape in which we live." "But in the beginning were the writers of the stories. Over the centuries, the morals and meanings that traditional readings have attached to the stories of Genesis effectively obscured the contemporary culture that produced them. Even experts and commentators have tended to miss the point: they all agree that Genesis is special, but the question of why the book was written has never properly addressed. Now, for the first time, twenty of our leading literary lights - novelists, poets, dramatists, and essayists - turn their attention to a particular story in Genesis and comment on it from the perspective of the storyteller. Together, they begin to discover the imaginative sensibilities of the ancient writer, as the very motivations of the biblical authors and their characters come to light. The result is a stunningly realized literary collection that will forever change they way you read the Bible's first stories."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)
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Rosenberg, DavidEditor & Introductionprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, Madison SmarttContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carroll, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corn, AlfredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dorris, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goodman, AllegraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hansen, RonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hartman, GeoffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hirsch, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lopate, PhillipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Major, ClarenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mamet, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Michaels, LeonardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Norris, KathleenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pinsky, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Prose, FrancineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rosen, NormaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schulman, GraceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Segal, LoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shapiro, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"Unlike any other stories in our culture, those in the book of Genesis confront us with provoking scenes of love and death, stark allegiances and subtle betrayals. At first glance, these narratives may seem straightforward, but as we reread and delve more deeply into them they begin to resonate with new meaning and they force us to reexamine our understanding of the social, ethical, and political landscape in which we live." "But in the beginning were the writers of the stories. Over the centuries, the morals and meanings that traditional readings have attached to the stories of Genesis effectively obscured the contemporary culture that produced them. Even experts and commentators have tended to miss the point: they all agree that Genesis is special, but the question of why the book was written has never properly addressed. Now, for the first time, twenty of our leading literary lights - novelists, poets, dramatists, and essayists - turn their attention to a particular story in Genesis and comment on it from the perspective of the storyteller. Together, they begin to discover the imaginative sensibilities of the ancient writer, as the very motivations of the biblical authors and their characters come to light. The result is a stunningly realized literary collection that will forever change they way you read the Bible's first stories."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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