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At the Start: Genesis Made New

Anonymous

Published
ISBN : 9780385471800
Hardcover
237 pages
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Not just another translation of the Book of Genesis, this is truly Genesis Made New, a translation as fresh, primitive, and earthy as the original. Put away the antique splendors and rolling cadences of the Genesis you know. For here is a shockingMoreNot just another translation of the Book of Genesis, this is truly Genesis Made New, a translation as fresh, primitive, and earthy as the original. Put away the antique splendors and rolling cadences of the Genesis you know. For here is a shocking new translation, the result of nine years of work, that conveys the essential remoteness of the ethos of the ancient Hebrews and their God from our world today. This is the first English translation of the Book of Genesis to give the rough, primitive feeling of the original. Unlike the resounding, flowing Biblical translations we are all familiar with, At the Start goes back to the original text to present the startling experience of a prehistoric tribe whose values and way of life are exotic and alien. Contemporary readers are likely to find here thrilling confirmation of their own deepest religious convictions. Ecologists will be delighted to find that, in its original form, Genesis is for the conservation of the Earth and against its exploitation. Feminists will be delighted to learn that Genesis is not sexist: Adam is not translated as man but accurately and androgynously as groundling. The woman is not created as a leftover from Adams body, but simultaneously. Nor did God curse Eve and let Adam off the book: rather, both will suffer, both will achieve. Already causing a stir in Biblical and scholarly circles, At the Start goes back to the Hebrew roots of Genesis to give us the roots of our own distant origins.