By Itzhak Benyamini
In this booklet Itzhak Benyamini provides an alternate studying of Genesis, a detailed textual research from the tale of construction to the binding of Isaac. This studying bargains the potential for a gentle relation to God, now not one characterised through worry and awe. the quantity provides Don-Abraham-Quixote now not 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 ahead of He examines the guts of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and the opposite knights of religion (if they're fairly that). during this method, the observation on Genesis turns into a platform for a brand new kind of severe theology. via this unconventional rereading of the commonplace biblical textual content, the e-book makes an attempt to extract a distinct 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 means of family members 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 standard hardships of existence.
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This results from the abomination of sending human blood back to the earth. ” (4:6) He even strives to teach him how to control his desire, whereas he himself, God, finds it difficult to control the desire of his envy of the earth. There is something puzzling about the following words: “And YHWH said to Cain, Why are you angry, and why did your face fall? For if you do well, you will be accepted, and if you do not do well, sin crouches at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.
When Seth had lived a hundred and five years, he fathered Enosh. Seth lived after the birth of Enosh eight hundred and seven years, and fathered sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died. When Enosh had lived ninety years, he fathered Kenan. Enosh lived after the birth of Kenan eight hundred and fifteen years, and fathered sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died. When Kenan had lived seventy years, he fathered Mahalalel.
The moment before their creation, they did not exist, but at the moment of their creation, they, in turn, create something else, which is separate from its Other but also from within it. Thus, though slightly differently, creation takes place on the following day as well, when the water within the lower water recedes, and the dry land is revealed. In retrospect, it may be said that the water is a tool of separation not just as material but also because of its liquidity, its flow, which reveals the dry land.