By Itzhak Benyamini
In this e-book Itzhak Benyamini offers another interpreting of Genesis, a detailed textual research from the tale of construction to the binding of Isaac. This interpreting bargains the opportunity of a delicate relation to God, no longer one characterised through worry and awe. the amount 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 out making concessions to God, asking approximately Him earlier than He examines the center of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and the opposite knights of religion (if they're quite 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 frequent biblical textual content, the ebook makes an attempt to extract a distinct ethic, one who demanding situations the Kierkegaardian call for of blind religion in an all-knowing ethical God and gives in its stead an alternate, daily ethic. The ethic that Benyamini uncovers is characterised through kinfolk continuity and culture meant to make sure that very axis—familial permanence and resilience within the face of the challenging and capricious legislation of God and the typical hardships of existence.
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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. And Cain said to Abel his brother, and when they were in the field, Cain rose against his brother Abel and killed him. And YHWH said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? He said, I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.
And YHWH regretted that he had made man on the earth and was sorry to his heart. So YHWH said, I will erase man whom I have created from the face of the ground, from man to beast to creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the YHWH. (5:32–6:8) Before entering into the account of the dreadful flood, a brief, enigmatic story is offered to us about the supposedly transgressive deeds of humanity at the time of Noah and before him, in order to justify God’s spiteful © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016 I.
Thus all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. Enoch walked with Elohim; and he was not, for Elohim took him. (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.
A Critical Theology of Genesis: The Non-Absolute God by Itzhak Benyamini