A Lifetime of Genesis: An Exploration of and Personal by Henry A. Zoob PDF

By Henry A. Zoob

for plenty of readers of the Bible, there are significant hindrances to the joy of scripture: comprehension and relevancy. In a life of Genesis, Rabbi Zoob seeks to aid the reader triumph over those stumbling blocks. In transparent, logical prose, Rabbi Zoob explains the process the Covenant of Abraham in Genesis and the way every one significant player--Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah--has an effect at the improvement and continuity of the Covenant of Abraham. He solves the relevancy challenge by way of sharing tales from his existence which are hooked up to the patriarchal and matriarchal occasions and topics in every one past bankruptcy. for instance, following an research of the problem of infertility that Abraham and Sarah confronted, he tells the tale of ways he and his spouse Barbara struggled via 13 years of childlessness. And after the bankruptcy on how Jacob wrestled with the angel and the various demanding situations in his lifestyles, Rabbi Zoob recollects his sibling struggles along with his brother and his wrestling with seasonal melancholy. Rabbi Zoob hopes that his use of this midrashic procedure to find own insights will inspire the reader to do the same.

"Zoob's paintings is partially an enlightening research of the Covenant of Israel because it develops within the publication of Genesis. but, its energy lies in his immersion into the narratives of Genesis which impel him to recollect and relive his personal existence trip while it calls for our personal self-reflection. His booklet is chock packed with insights spawned by means of the Biblical characters so one can problem each glossy reader."
--Norman J. Cohen, Provost and Professor Emeritus of Midrash, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

"A life of Genesis is the fruit of a life of rabbinic studying. it really is heartfelt, realized, inspiring and, mainly, clever. whereas many clergy have written autobiographies, to my wisdom, none have listed their lives via a booklet of the Bible. Zoob easily shuttles among severe biblical scholarship and candid--even searing--reflections on his personal lifestyles and rabbinic educating. the result's a compelling kaleidoscope of Jewish thought."
--Lawrence Kushner, Scholar-in-Residence, The Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco; former rabbi of Congregation Beth El, Sudbury, MA; writer of Kabbalah: A Love Story 

"This is an outstanding ebook. It makes an unique and powerful argument for the importance of covenant in Genesis, and it truly is with no qualification the main sincere and entire autobiography of an American rabbi we own. Brilliantly, Rabbi Zoob hyperlinks those in a riveting research of Genesis and a desirable memoir."
--Marc Lee Raphael, Nathan and Sophia Gumenick Professor of Judaic reviews, the varsity of William and Mary; writer of Diary of a l. a. Jew, 1947-1973: Autobiography as Autofiction

Rabbi Henry A. Zoob is the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth David in Westwood, Massachusetts. He holds a BA from Harvard and used to be ordained in 1967 on the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of faith. He earned a MA in Bible from Brandeis in 1987. he's the Founding Chair of the Rashi institution, the Boston zone Reform Jewish self reliant college and served at the founding forums of the Gann Academy (a pluralistic Jewish highschool in Waltham, MA) and Mayyim Hayyim, residing Waters group Mikveh.

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