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Title
Abraham - the first historical biography
Author
David Rosenberg
format
Hardback
Publisher
Basic Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20060320

The world's major religions-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-find a common root in one man: Abraham. Yet Abraham looms so large in the realm of world religions that he has remained a ward of the Divine rather than a flesh-and-blood citizen of Humanity. In his monumental new book, David Rosenberg provides a long-overdue history of the patriarch; while revealing that the original story embedded in the Bible is actually our oldest historical biography. We also discover that the wandering ascetic of tradition cannot explain our deep-seated feelings for Abraham and his God. The road that Abraham traveled was marked by signs of civilization that we still recognize: libraries, museums, hotels, and houses of worship. He is a sophisticated, educated Sumerian; an artisan who became the first Jew. Moreover, through Rosenberg's audacious translation of the Abraham story from Genesis, we learn that many of the core tenets of the monotheistic tradition-the idea of God's covenant and the soul-are Sumerian in origin. Rosenberg first finds Abraham at his father's workshop in the cosmopolitan city of ancient Ur and follows his journey through what is today the Middle East. What kind of baggage-emotional, material, and spiritual-would Abraham have taken with him on his migration to a new land? Abraham does more than present a founding spiritual figure and his dynamic relationships with father, wife, and son. We witness this man as he transforms his heritage into an anxious embrace of religion with secular culture-the human condition in which we are still enfolded today.

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David Rosenberg is a poet, essayist, and critic. He is the former editor of the Jewish Publication Society and was Harold Bloom's co-author on The Book of J. Rosenberg's other writings include A Poet's Bible and Lost Book of Paradise. He lives in Florida.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Patriarchs (Bible) - Biography.|Sumer - Religion.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
368

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