Reading Genesis: Beginnings

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About the Author
Beth Kissileff 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 USA, Smith College USA, and Mount Holyoke College USA.

"Reading Genesis: Beginnings offers a gateway into a treasure trove of stories and characters that have influenced Western culture through religion, art and literature. With modern tools of analysis, these stories can still guide our exploration of human nature. While ancient, the biblical text offers insight not only to our relationship with God but also to each other in God's divine plan." - Rebecca I. Denova, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

..".one cannot help but be impressed by Beth Kissileff's broad and multifaceted collection of essays on Genesis. It includes contributions by some of the best-known Jewish thinkers, scholars, writers, and public figures--the crafters of 21st-century American Jewish culture. The diversity of topics, from game theory to neurobiology, from culinary traditions to human sexuality, presents contemporary evidence that the Bible speaks to all human knowledge." - The Christian Century

"A marvelous collection of insights, provocations and apercus on the founding book of the human family." - Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple, LA, USA

"With a host of contributors, diverse in their approaches and perspectives, Kissileff has put together a thought-provoking, stimulating collection that ranges far from a standard explication of the biblical text." - Chicago Jewish Star

"If you think you already understand the Book of Genesis, think again. Reading Genesis offers wondrous new approaches to this ancient text penned by some of the world's most interesting minds. Sure to be a classic." - Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University, USA

"This is a stimulating collection of essays on the Bible, bringing diverse fields of expertise to bear on the text. The results are often intriguing and eloquent, yielding fresh insights." -Avivah Zornberg

"A dazzling array of eminent names and wildly differing perspectives ... [A] book which will be enjoyed by all who care about reading, preaching and living Genesis." -Regent's Reviews

"An intriguing anthology ... One that breathes the sense of Genesis being a text that matters and that speaks to the human condition at a fundamental level." -Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

"Beth Kissileff's new anthology, Reading Genesis, brings together a stellar collection of essays by a diverse group of almost two-dozen experts, each bringing the tools and methodology of his or her field to bear on a particular aspect of the seminal biblical book. By bringing together such a wealth of brilliant interpreters, Kissileff's book justifies the maxim that you can 'turn and turn' (learn again and again) the Torah endlessly so that facets of the text will glimmer and sparkle anew." -Hadassah Magazine