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Nahum M. Sarna (1923–2005)

Autor/a de Understanding Genesis

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Reader's Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981) — Consultant — 1,308 exemplars


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Now that I've decided to try to 'review' each book that I have cataloged, there will be books( like this one) where I may recall reading it some years ago, may or may not remember how or why I liked it, but still can recall only a few or maybe no details about the experience.
I do remember that is was based on Jewish texts, which seemed an appropriate way to view this ancient text.
mykl-s | Jul 25, 2023 |
This launched my religious education. All my study before that meant nothing, after reading this. Great book.
ZacharyFarina | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Feb 6, 2014 |
I enjoyed it and learned a lot. Used it for leading a discussion on the weekly Torah portion.

Some quotes I thought significant:

In the meantime, by utilizing a few items of indirect evidence we may conclude that the cumulative effect of several lines of approach favors a thirteenth-century B.C.E. dating for the Exodus. [p. 9]

In the Biblical view, society as a corporate entity cannot evade responsibility for the follies and evils committed in its name, and it cannot escape the consequences thereof. [p.68]

It is worthy of note that a similar kind of literary symmetry and schematized arrangement is employed in the Genesis Creation story and in the opening prose narrative of the Book of Job. In the former, the creative process is laid out as a systematic progression from chaos to cosmos through a series of six successive units of time culminating in a climactic seventh that pertains solely to God.... [p. 77; see his table on pl 76 of The Literary Structure of the Plagues Narrarive.]

Although the celebration of a festival at this season was quite common in the Near East, the Israelite version belongs to a wholly different category from its contemporaries in that the New Year is now grounded neither in nature's renewal nor in mythology,such as an event in the life of a god, but in a historic event---the liberation of a people from national oppression. Such a revolutionary phenomenon is without analogy in the ancient world. [p. 85]

The account of the instructions for building the Tabernacle closes, in Exodus 31:18, with the statement that God "gave Moses the two tablets of the Pact, stone tablets inscribed with the finger of God." This verse forms the connective with and the transition to the episode of the Golden Calf, which led Moses to smash the tablets in response to the apsotasy of the people. It is important to note this because it demonstrates that the Book of Exodus had been deliberately structured so as to place that event between the two part of the Tabernacle narratice---the instructions (Chapters 25 - 31) and their implementation (Chapters 35 - 40). 137 [p. 215]
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raizel | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jun 30, 2013 |
NO OF PAGES: 298 SUB CAT I: Psalms SUB CAT II: Tanach SUB CAT III: DESCRIPTION: These powerful religious texts impart their emotional and spiritual message. It is a beautiful book written in a poetic style worthy of the psalms themselves.NOTES: SUBTITLE: Exploring the Prayers of Ancient Israel
BeitHallel | Feb 18, 2011 |


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