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A Critical Theology of Genesis: The Non-Absolute God by Itzhak Benyamini

By Itzhak Benyamini

In this ebook Itzhak Benyamini offers an alternate interpreting of Genesis, an in depth textual research from the tale of construction to the binding of Isaac. This analyzing deals the potential of a gentle relation to God, now not one characterised by means of worry and awe. the amount provides Don-Abraham-Quixote no longer as a perpetual knight of religion yet as a crafty believer within the face of God's calls for of him. Benyamini reads Genesis with no making concessions to God, asking approximately Him earlier than He examines the guts of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and the opposite knights of religion (if they're relatively that). during this approach, the statement on Genesis turns into a platform for a brand new kind of severe theology. via this unconventional rereading of the everyday biblical textual content, the publication makes an attempt to extract a special ethic, person who demanding situations the Kierkegaardian call for of blind religion in an all-knowing ethical God and gives in its stead another, daily ethic. The ethic that Benyamini uncovers is characterised by way of relatives continuity and culture meant to make sure that very axis—familial permanence and resilience within the face of the difficult and capricious legislation of God and the typical hardships of existence.

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They surround the earth and irrigate it. Like God and Adam, they are partners in the work of creation (which is fertilizing and irrigating, and not creation ex nihilo). And YHWH Elohim took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and guard it. And YHWH Elohim commanded the man, saying, You may surely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. (2:15–17) 28 I. BENYAMINI To work it and guard it.

5:2–24) CHAPTER TWO: CREATION OF THE EARTH 37 Enoch is said to have walked with God. The same is said of Noah, and one is not to understand from this that he was going to commit evil before his death, as Rashi claims. It is said of Enoch that he walked with Elohim after fathering Methuselah, from the time of his first son’s birth, and this walking was in step with the following births: Enoch walked with Elohim after the birth of Methuselah three hundred years, and fathered sons and daughters. Thus, the walking is connected to the births, and this might also lead us to an understanding of Abraham’s going, walking along the path to which the divinity wants Avram to keep, a path connected to paternal fertility.

From the tree I commanded you not to eat from did you eat? And the man said, The woman you put with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate. Then YHWH Elohim said to the woman, What is this that you have done? The woman said, The serpent led me astray, and I ate. And YHWH Elohim said to the serpent, Because you have done this, cursed are you of all beasts, and above all animals of the field; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. (3:6–14) The import of the punishment both here and for man is cursed proximity to the earth.

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