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In the Beginning [Kindle Edition]

Karen Armstrong
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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"Both humble and generous, Karen Armstrong rescues Genesis from purely literary criticism by seeing it as a collection of rather baffling teaching stories, and argues forcefully that we have to struggle for the meanings embedded in the often mysterious text, much as Jacob wrestled all night with God in the shape of an angel." (Independent)

"Superb...a jewel of a study... The entire book is written with the same level of passion and insight...Ms Armstrong has taken a familiar biblical story and made it relevant to our deepest and darkest concerns...a little masterpiece worthy of being a long-treasured companion to the ancient classic she celebrates" (Washington Post)

"Armstrong reveals much about this ostensibly familiar work" (Christopher Hirst Independent)

"Armstrong wants to restore the philosophical to the question of faith, and she does so in an approachable manner" (Lesley McDowell Herald)

Book Description

The bestselling author brings her peerless powers of examination to one of the most familiar but least understood books of the Bible: the Book of Genesis.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099555476
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #303,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Karen Armstrong is one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun in the 1960s, but then left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 1982, she became a full time writer and broadcaster. She is a best-selling author of over 15 books. An accomplished writer and passionate campaigner for religious liberty, Armstrong has addressed members of the United States Congress and the Senate and has participated in the World Economic Forum.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
In this short book Karen Armstrong sheds more light on the meaning and continuing relevance of the book of Genesis than many authors have done in far longer works. In a series of short chapters she discusses the vividly drawn men and women who, with their very human mixtures of strengths and weaknesses, people these remarkable stories. She sees Genesis as the story of God's withdrawal from an intimate involvement in his creation and of the human response to the dilemmas of living in the complex world he has left us. This book makes it abundantly clear why the Hebrew Bible continues to fascinate both believers and non-believers; it will send you back to the book of Genesis with renewed interest.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
While I enjoyed hearing Armstrong's interpretation of the tales of Genesis, I was quite surprised when her book abruptly ended and the remaining half was simply the actual text of Genesis. Based on the number of pages remaining I thought she would perhaps move on to Exodus or engage in some overarching analysis of Genesis. Nope. Instead I feel slightly cheated that I paid for a copy of Genesis, something I can download or obtain from the Gideons for free. This would more appropriately be classified as a pamphlet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning........Perhaps! 22 Mar. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book as are all her books. Scholarly yet accesible.

Would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject matter.
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