“I didn’t imagine he’d do it. i actually didn’t imagine he could. i assumed he’d say, whoa, carry on, wait a minute. We made a deal, take note, the land, the blessing, the country, the descendants as a variety of because the sands at the shore and the celebrities within the sky.”
So starts James Goodman’s unique and pressing come upon with some of the most compelling and resonant tales ever told—God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.
A mere nineteen traces within the booklet of Genesis, it rests on the middle of the background, literature, theology, and sacred rituals of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. For greater than millennia, humans during the global have grappled with the troubling questions about sacrifice, authority, obedience, and religion to which the tale provides upward push. Writing from the vantage of “a reader, a son, a Jew, a father, a skeptic, a historian, a lover of news, and a writer,” Goodman supplies us a captivating narrative background that strikes from its biblical origins to its position within the cultures and faiths of our time. He introduces us to the observation of moment Temple sages, rabbis and monks of the overdue antiquity, and early Islamic exegetes (some of whom imagined that Ishmael was once the approximately sacrificed son). He examines Syriac hymns (in which Sarah stars), Hebrew chronicles of the 1st campaign (in which Isaac frequently dies), and medieval English secret performs. He appears to be like on the paintings of Europe’s golden age, the philosophy of Kant and Kierkegaard, and the panoply of twentieth-century interpretation, sacred and profane, together with the paintings of Bob Dylan, Elie Wiesel, and A. B. Yehoshua. In illuminating how such a lot of others have understood this tale, Goodman tells a gripping and provocative tale of his own.
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