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The Beginning of Wisdom Reading Genesis

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N 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 techniues 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” Washington Post “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” Jerusalem Po. 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 uestion 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

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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 p. 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 outThen 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 aboutI 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 trueEarly 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 be for me to learn

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Ride 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 Ede. uite 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 The Complete Idiot's Guide to Journalism the second half of his book Kass explores Sniffles and Sneezes (DK Readers L2) the struggles in Genesis Disaster Preparedness: A Living Free Guide (Living Free Guides) to launch a new way of life The Complete Idiot's Guide to Persuasion 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 Emergency Rescue (DK Readers L3) take on one of Energy Bites the world’s seminal religious Whiskey Opus 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 A Year on the Farm (DK Readers L1) through Rain Forest Explorer (DK Readers L3) the Gates of Ede. uite simply The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ventriloquism the best commentary on Genesis ever and among The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hearing Loss the five most important books I have read Kass develops Afterlight the implications of a biblical world view avoids both fundamentalism and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Raising Goats theological liberalism and lays The Complete Idiot's Guide to Elance the groundwork for understanding how The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fondues and Hot Dips to read scripture whether or not one considers himself a believer I love love love The No Time to Cook! Book this book


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  1. says:

    Kass is an admirer of Mr Leo Strauss and a former bioethics adviser to Mr George W Bush His reading of Genesis is ponderously long and it never misses a chance to announce that you and he are embarked on a 'wisdom seeking' approach to the text Still interested? Well page after page Kass and his seminar pals he doesn't cite much secondary literature but he does uote his students liberally generate dozens of straightforward non tendentious insights into the text Ultimately the wisdom seeking or Straussian approach seems to amount to two appealing views First Genesis is best read as a piece of philosophical anthropology That is as an account of human nature and human institutions not as revelation not as redaction and not my own tendency as a repository of very gnarly tales Second it sustains a good deal of very close readingHere's an example When the woman she is not yet Eve responds to the serpent she seems to make two interesting mistakes First she says that God has forbidden her to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden But according to 29 it is the tree of life that has been planted there not necessarily the tree of knowledge whose location is left ambiguous This would have seemed to me a uibble were it not that second the woman says that God has forbidden her not only to eat from the tree but to touch it as well And yet in 217 God's interdiction refers to eating alone Do these observations add up to anything? They do serve to remind us that the woman was not present when God gave the command and they thereby suggest that the woman may have misunderstood or been misinformed by the man And this in a small but not uninteresting way opens up to us in advance of the Fall something like the possibility of language failing us this is different from the serpent's manipulation or of people simply failing one another With these points in mind over it is interesting to reconsider the decision to eat from the tree So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise she took of its fruit and ate 36 For one the woman's claims are again at variance with what the reader knows about the garden She sees that the tree is good for food But 29 seems to distinguish the trees of life and knowledge from those that are pleasant to sight and good for food rather than to include them in their number But second and importantly Kass notices that the woman has determined in advance of moving to eat from the tree that the tree is good Good for food It is in fact her own ability to recognize goodness simply on the basis of the visual evidence presumably she is comparing this tree to others which it resembles and which are themselves good for food and thus not the serpent's ambiguous claims that justify her decision to eat And the thing Kass observes here and who knows I am sure he is not the first but Jack Miles certainly missed it and so did my Sunday School teacher is that the whole point of eating from the tree was to gain knowledge of good and bad In claiming to know that the tree is good before she has learned what goodness is the woman is thus committing a profound sort of error And Kass seems right to say that the error is her implicit assumption that her use of reason observing comparing sorting classing is a reliable path to truth One might go on to say that her attempt to reason herself into the very pursuit of reasoning into the knowledge of good and evil shows us something profound about the risks of foundationalism in philosophy or a related case of the difficulties we run into when we try to give ourselves reasons to be rational But that would take us pretty far out of Eden


  2. says:

    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


  3. says:

    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 outThen 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 aboutI 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 trueEarly 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 be for me to learn


  4. says:

    uite 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


  5. says:

    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 ChristianHebrew 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 uite a few are in the footnotes though so I recommend reading all of them


  6. says:

    An important book Dr Kass is one of the brightest thinkers of our timea very wise man


  7. says:

    I just finished it and all I can say is wow


  8. says:

    The Beginning of Wisdom Reading GenesisLeon R Kass 1118Prof 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 reverenceP 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 othersKrass 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 perspective often 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


  9. says:

    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 uestion 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


  10. says:

    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


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