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This is a great book about a Great Book It helps reveal layers I had never considered and likely never would have It eschews over reliance on extra textual sources, even while skillfully weaving commentators and historical proofs into its author s own text first reading I m grateful for the work and for the recommendation to read it So, in the tradition of wholeheartedness Kass documents and advances, I ll play my own role in the everlasting work of transmission, in part by beseeching you, d This is a great book about a Great Book It helps reveal layers I had never considered and likely never would have It eschews over reliance on extra textual sources, even while skillfully weaving commentators and historical proofs into its author s own text first reading I m grateful for the work and for the recommendation to read it So, in the tradition of wholeheartedness Kass documents and advances, I ll play my own role in the everlasting work of transmission, in part by beseeching you, dear reader, to pick up a copy and read this yourself The wisdom seeking reading will amply repay your investment I d recommend this to anyone like me who can t stand reading the Bible but knows there s much to be extrapolated from it The author walks a delicate line between piety and godlessness, tries to wrestle your preconceptions from you, then digs for wisdom in the stories Since the Bible seems to me just a choppy, awkward string of cliches, I wanted someone intelligent to do the analyzing for me this is that If anything, it s too detailed interestingly, 666 pages worth I like his view that I d recommend this to anyone like me who can t stand reading the Bible but knows there s much to be extrapolated from it The author walks a delicate line between piety and godlessness, tries to wrestle your preconceptions from you, then digs for wisdom in the stories Since the Bible seems to me just a choppy, awkward string of cliches, I wanted someone intelligent to do the analyzing for me this is that If anything, it s too detailed interestingly, 666 pages worth I like his view that the Christian Hebrew God is essentially opposed to cities because not only are they a hotbed of exploitation and lasciviousness, they also tend to make humans feel self sufficient thus in no need of the divine My favorite insights are those related to the Hebrew language, though For instance the first letter of the Bible starts with a letter looking something like possibly to imply that wondering what s above or what came before Creation is forbidden So many gems like that Quite a few are in the footnotes, though, so I recommend reading all of them #EBOOK õ The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis õ As ardent debates over creationism fill the front pages of newspapers, Genesis has never been timely And as Leon R Kass shows in The Beginning of Wisdom, it s also timeless Examining Genesis in a philosophical light, Kass presents it not as a story of what happened long ago, but as the enduring story of humanity itself He asserts that the first half of Genesis contains insights about human nature that rival anything produced by the great philosophers Kass here reads these first stories from Adam and Eve to the tower of Babel as a mirror for self discovery that reveals truths about human reason, speech, freedom, sexual desire, pride, shame, anger, and death Taking a step further in the second half of his book, Kass explores the struggles in Genesis to launch a new way of life that addresses mankind s morally ambiguous nature by promoting righteousness and holiness Even readers who don t agree with Kass s interpretations will find The Beginning of Wisdom a compelling book a masterful philosophical take on one of the world s seminal religious texts Extraordinary Its analyses and hypotheses will leave no reader s understanding of Genesis unchanged New York Times A learned and fluent, delightfully overstuffed stroll through the Gates of Eden Mix Harold Bloom with Stephen Jay Gould and you ll get something like Kass A wonderfully intelligent reading of Genesis Kirkus Reviews, starred review Throughout his book, Kass uses fruitful, fascinating techniques for getting at the heart of Genesis Innumerable times he makes a reader sit back and rethink what has previously been tediously familiar or baffling WashingtonPost It is important to state that this is a book not merely rich, but prodigiously rich with insight Kass is a marvelous reader, sensitive and careful His interpretations surprise again and again with their cogency and poignancy JerusalemPost Quite simply, the best commentary on Genesis ever, and among the five most important books I have read Kass develops the implications of a biblical world view, avoids both fundamentalism and theological liberalism and lays the groundwork for understanding how to read scripture whether or not one considers himself a believer I love, love, love this book. I just finished it and all I can say is wow An important book Dr Kass is one of the brightest thinkers of our time.a very wise man. The Beginning of Wisdom Reading GenesisLeon R Kass 11.18Prof Kass takes a Philosophic approach to reading Genesis one that is wisdom seeking to assume the text has something to tell us about the nature and being of things While different from the basis of Greek knowledge, wonder, the Bible starts its seeking from the position of awe and reverence P Kass s view strikes a middle ground between standard interpretations which are either Fundamentalist Liberal religious the stories te The Beginning of Wisdom Reading GenesisLeon R Kass 11.18Prof Kass takes a Philosophic approach to reading Genesis one that is wisdom seeking to assume the text has something to tell us about the nature and being of things While different from the basis of Greek knowledge, wonder, the Bible starts its seeking from the position of awe and reverence P Kass s view strikes a middle ground between standard interpretations which are either Fundamentalist Liberal religious the stories tend to elaborate our already preconceived notions of justice Scientific the Bible is studied like an artifact with nothing to teach us apart from illuminating the time and place of those who wrote it All of the above 3 approaches have their merit even the fundamentalists close reading can bear much information about the author s intent even if one doesn t believe in god Yet, Kass takes the work seriously, assuming the authors synthesized a long tradition of those seeking the core of human nature and the relations between man and women, brothers, husbands and wives, and families And how those entities interact with the world as a whole in a way that protects the individual, the tribe, and others.Krass takes a story by story approach His analysis and close reading of each of the major sections of Genesis provide much wisdom, and I expect to return to them whenever I m in search of new knowledge The book can delve too much into the trees, oven spending pages simply summarizing the text I would have preferred that Krass has pulled back his perspectiveoften to relate the individual stories to the Genesis project as a whole As I see that whole, Genais moves from the cosmic disorder to focus first on the individual, then cities in general with universal laws, then family relations, and finally setting the table for the Bible s ultimate settling point detailed laws based on universal principles, but applied to a particular group Exodus What happened when the Humanities professor Leon Kass, raised in a secular Jewish home, returned to his ancestral roots and took a look back at the wisdom found in the first book of The Bible The result is nothing short of a spectacular, insightful, and groundbreaking reading of Genesis for all its mystifying wisdom and its insights into the human condition This is an exegesis to rival the best that the great Abrahamic traditions have to offer it has an open mindedness and a willingness to qu What happened when the Humanities professor Leon Kass, raised in a secular Jewish home, returned to his ancestral roots and took a look back at the wisdom found in the first book of The Bible The result is nothing short of a spectacular, insightful, and groundbreaking reading of Genesis for all its mystifying wisdom and its insights into the human condition This is an exegesis to rival the best that the great Abrahamic traditions have to offer it has an open mindedness and a willingness to question established tradition to discover new insight but also a pious attentiveness to give the text its chance to shine No one will leave with their view of Genesis unchanged Highest recommendation possible A lion of a book I have read Genesis numerous times and I learned things and gained insights from Kass that I have never had I understand now like I never did before why Jews have retained their faith these thousands of years The Jews understand that God s promise must be passed on to the next generation As a Christian, I have never understood that This is an important book. All my life I have heard wise old men say things like, I ve been studying the Bible all my life, and it seems like every year I learn how little I know I didn t feel like that I felt like my Bible study was taking me somewhere I felt like I was making progress, like the day couldn t be too far off that I would really know the Bible inside and out.Then I read The Beginning of Wisdom and I understood what all those wise old men were talking about I have known the Genesis stories all my life All my life I have heard wise old men say things like, I ve been studying the Bible all my life, and it seems like every year I learn how little I know I didn t feel like that I felt like my Bible study was taking me somewhere I felt like I was making progress, like the day couldn t be too far off that I would really know the Bible inside and out.Then I read The Beginning of Wisdom and I understood what all those wise old men were talking about I have known the Genesis stories all my life I can t remember learning them, because I can t remember not knowing them But I realized, reading this book in my late 30s, that I had no idea what those stories are about.I had often heard the Bible compared to mythology, and I misunderstood that term I thought of popular writing that lists myths and facts of exercise or healthy eating or whatever, in which myth means mistake, or widely held belief that is demonstrably false I thought that was what people meant when they called the Bible mythological that it isn t true.Early on, Kass says of Genesis, These stories are so powerful, not because they tell us what happened, but because they tell us what always happens And that one sentence opened my eyes Now I know for sure I will never get to the bottom of the Bible There will always befor me to learn