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The Rational Bible: Genesis The Continuation Of Dennis Prager S Bestselling Five Part Commentary, The Rational BibleWhy Do So Many People Think The Bible, The Most Influential Book In World History, Is Outdated Why Do Our Friends And Neighbors And Sometimes We Ourselves Dismiss The Bible As Irrelevant, Irrational, Immoral, Or All Of These Things This Explanation Of The Book Of Genesis, The First Book Of The Bible, Will Demonstrate That The Bible Is Not Only Powerfully Relevant To Today S Issues, But Completely Consistent With Rational Thought I ve tried reading through the Bible several times, always starting at Genesis, but never got past Leviticus simply put reading the Bible is boring to me I can try as hard as I want, I don t get the excitement I should be getting.Now I know why I barely scratched the surface Reading Dennis Prager s commentary is like reading an entirely new book I m being exposed to so many ideas here, it s like I just read Genesis for the very first time I don t want to go on further through the Torah wi I ve tried reading through the Bible several times, always starting at Genesis, but never got past Leviticus simply put reading the Bible is boring to me I can try as hard as I want, I don t get the excitement I should be getting.Now I know why I barely scratched the surface Reading Dennis Prager s commentary is like reading an entirely new book I m being exposed to so many ideas here, it s like I just read Genesis for the very first time I don t want to go on further through the Torah without a commentary now, and I really, really enjoy Prager s writing style, so I hope he releases the rest of it as soon as possible.I still can t believe I just read through 500 pages about Genesis in only two months I really feel like I could talk about any story subject chapter in Genesis now and challenge established viewpoints and offer explanations for topics that are hard to tackle in or outside of Genesis This book Genesis, but also The Rational Bible is so full of wisdom, and it s universally relevant.What I really enjoy about this book is that it respects Christian and Jewish viewpoints, and cites several different people on their viewpoints on things, includes nice, fitting quotes from historic figures like Blaise Pascal, and interesting anecdotes as well.I am very happy that Mr Prager keeps advertising this occasionally, I would have never thought about buying a Bible commentary if he didn t Prager provides enlightening commentary and translation for these familiar Bible passages I especially appreciated his perspective on familial relations and the comfort and instruction we should take from the repeated failures contained in Genesis Two other consistent themes for Prager are the self proving truth of the Torah and the separation of people into morally good and morally bad, which isimportant than other divisions. Rational Bible Genesis is a line by line exegesis i.e analysis of the book of Genesis While this might sound dry, it actually brings to life many of stories and provides some fascinating new insights Writing primarily for a secular audience, Prager addresses many common objections or misunderstandings about the creation narrative and other stories of the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs One of the major themes that Prager draws out is the ways in which the God of Genesis is unique from Rational Bible Genesis is a line by line exegesis i.e analysis of the book of Genesis While this might sound dry, it actually brings to life many of stories and provides some fascinating new insights Writing primarily for a secular audience, Prager addresses many common objections or misunderstandings about the creation narrative and other stories of the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs One of the major themes that Prager draws out is the ways in which the God of Genesis is unique from other gods of antiquity and legend Among others, the God described in Genesis is Universal, not tribal This make seem like an odd assertion, given God s unique relationship with the tribes of Israel, but Prager presents a number of passages explaining why God is not only the God of the Israelite nation.Pre existing Unlike most other gods, there is no birth story explaining the origin of the God of Genesis Moral God is moral and has a moral will as such, God punishes both the pagans and Israelites for their crimes Creates out of nothing The universe is not the product of some cosmic battle or act of copulation Instead, God merely speaks Let there be light and there was light God is separate from nature Genesis 1 1 begins God created the Heavens and the Earth Another important theme is the authenticity of Genesis, challenging the idea that the Torah is merely a series of myths, concocted to justify the nation of Israel and solidify the priestly class, which has been edited over the millennia Prager points out a number of stories and details that would, presumably, have been removed by a later editor if the intent was just to prop up Jewish mythology For example, various passages depict the patriarchs eating non kosher foods, marrying a half sister, marrying two women who are sisters, or engaging in divination, practices that were later sternly prohibited by Jewish law and practice More significantly, the Genesis depicts the patriarchs as flawed people to take just one example, following God s promise to the childless Abram to give him descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven , Abram and his wife Sarai apparently give up on God s promise At Sarai s urging, Abram then fathers Ishmael by his her maidservant, leading to a host of family drama and a line of descendants in conflict with the Jews Later in the saga, God speaks to Jacob and promises to be with him and to protect him And yet, when faced with the dangerous prospect of meeting with his estranged brother Esau, Jacob pleads again for God s protection Prager notes it shows that even if God did appear to us, we would soon again have doubts People imagine that God could make His existence so clear, our faith would never again falter As the case of Jacob makes clear, that is simply not so One of the things that always troubled me is that the creation narrative in Genesis seems at odds with our current, scientific understanding of the history of the universe For example, it seems strange that in Genesis 1 11 God creates plants, but it isn t until 1 14 that the sun and moon appear As with many such Bible verses, a careful analysis eliminates the apparent contradiction Gen 1 14 actually says God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky , suggesting that the celestial objects appeared as the thick, primordial clouds dissipated But at a higher level and this is a central point , the purpose of the creation narrative isn t to teach science, but to teach wisdom about human nature, right and wrong, and our relationship to God the natural history element of the creation narrative is a secondary purpose and exists as a framework for theseimportant lessons Regarding the alignment of the creation narrative with our scientific understanding of natural history, Prager states If Genesis described exactly how the world was created, it would be unintelligible to us, let alone to all those who preceded us over the past three thousand years It might not even be in intelligible language but in yet to be discovered mathematical or physics equations The Torah must speak in language that is intelligible to human beings in every past generation as well as in every future generation Clearly, then, it cannot speak in scientific terms At the same time, it should not violate essential scientific truths for example, it accurately depicts human beings as the last creation we have no idea what science will say about cosmology the beginning of the universe in a hundred years In my lifetime alone, science went from positing a universe that always existed to positing a universe that had a beginning the Big Bang So, in just one generation, the Torah, in describing a beginning to the universe, went from conflicting with science to agreeing with science Prager points out that another element of the creation narrative is to assert God s mastery over the creatures and forces of nature These things sun, moon, animals that many cultures have worshiped in various ways are paraded forth as the creations of God, preceding the greatest creation, Man The passage about the creation of Man is another that I ve found perplexing Thanks to archaeology, we now know that homo sapiens have existed for a long time, preceded by and sometimes concurrent with other homo species How does all of this fit into the Adam Eve story The first answer is that again the purpose is to teach wisdom, about our relationship with each other and with God But from the historical and scientific perspective, Prager explains that the Hebrew uses a slightly different word for man in later parts of the passage, bringing up the interesting possibility that the first man were creatures that were physiologically similar to humans but which lacked a soul or reason As a side note, Jordan Peterson s excellent Psychological Significance of the Bible Stories lectures go into some of the ideas of the Adam and Eve story in much greater detail, and from a non religious perspective These notes only touch on a few highlights from the book, and I have pages of additional excerpts that just aren t practical to condense into a review Definitely worth reading Very much enjoyed this reading of Genesis Prager s look at Genesis takes the view that it can be taken literally or metaphorically and it works either way He dissects the different stories, gives the Jewish perspective on the stories and tells how they still relate to us today Very enjoyable if it is your thing.

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