But Where is the Lamb? by James Goodman audiobook

But Where is the Lamb?: Imagining the Story of Abraham and Isaac

By James Goodman
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Gildan Media 9781469027661
9.59 Hours Unabridged
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“I didn’t think he’ddo it. I really didn’t think he would. I thought he’d say, whoa, hold on, waita minute. We made a deal, remember, the land, the blessing, the nation, thedescendants as numerous as the sands on the shore and the stars in the sky.” So begins James Goodman’s original and urgent encounter withone of the most compelling and resonant stories ever told—God’s command to Abrahamto sacrifice his son Isaac. A mere nineteen lines in the book of Genesis, it rests atthe heart of the history, literature, theology, and sacred rituals of Judaism,Christianity, and Islam. For more than two millennia, people throughout theworld have grappled with the troubling questions about sacrifice, authority,obedience, and faith to which the story gives rise. Writing from the vantage of“a reader, a son, a Jew, a father, a skeptic, a historian, a lover of stories,and a writer,” Goodman gives us an enthralling narrative history that movesfrom its biblical origins to its place in the cultures and faiths of our time.He introduces us to the commentary of Second Temple sages, rabbis and priestsof the late antiquity, and early Islamic exegetes (some of whom imagined thatIshmael was the nearly sacrificed son). He examines Syriac hymns (in whichSarah stars), Hebrew chronicles of the First Crusade (in which Isaac oftendies), and medieval English mystery plays. He looks at the art of Europe’s goldenage, the philosophy of Kant and Kierkegaard, and the panoply oftwentieth-century interpretation, sacred and profane, including the work of BobDylan, Elie Wiesel, and A. B. Yehoshua. In illuminating how so many others haveunderstood this story, Goodman tells a gripping and provocative story of hisown.

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Summary

Summary

“I didn’t think he’ddo it. I really didn’t think he would. I thought he’d say, whoa, hold on, waita minute. We made a deal, remember, the land, the blessing, the nation, thedescendants as numerous as the sands on the shore and the stars in the sky.”

So begins James Goodman’s original and urgent encounter withone of the most compelling and resonant stories ever told—God’s command to Abrahamto sacrifice his son Isaac.

A mere nineteen lines in the book of Genesis, it rests atthe heart of the history, literature, theology, and sacred rituals of Judaism,Christianity, and Islam. For more than two millennia, people throughout theworld have grappled with the troubling questions about sacrifice, authority,obedience, and faith to which the story gives rise. Writing from the vantage of“a reader, a son, a Jew, a father, a skeptic, a historian, a lover of stories,and a writer,” Goodman gives us an enthralling narrative history that movesfrom its biblical origins to its place in the cultures and faiths of our time.He introduces us to the commentary of Second Temple sages, rabbis and priestsof the late antiquity, and early Islamic exegetes (some of whom imagined thatIshmael was the nearly sacrificed son). He examines Syriac hymns (in whichSarah stars), Hebrew chronicles of the First Crusade (in which Isaac oftendies), and medieval English mystery plays. He looks at the art of Europe’s goldenage, the philosophy of Kant and Kierkegaard, and the panoply oftwentieth-century interpretation, sacred and profane, including the work of BobDylan, Elie Wiesel, and A. B. Yehoshua. In illuminating how so many others haveunderstood this story, Goodman tells a gripping and provocative story of hisown.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A fresh and exciting take on the different ways in which the binding of Isaac has been understood down through the centuries, and also covers how we should understand it today…It is enough to say that this book is a must-read.” Jewish News Service
“Obviously fascinated by the story, Goodman demonstrates great prudence in not offering his explanation but in asserting that the story has many meanings. This refreshing restraint along with the author’s writing skills make his contribution an important addition to the libraries of commentaries about Abraham and Isaac that vainly strive to explain what is ultimately unfathomable.” Publishers Weekly
“A well-researched and stirring account of how various communities, scholars and artists interpret the willingness to sacrifice life for God.”  Kirkus Reviews
“Thoughtful, readable, historical, and current.”  Rick Hamlin, author of 10 Prayers You Can’t Live Without 

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Author Bio: James Goodman

Author Bio: James Goodman

James Goodman is a professor at Rutgers University, Newark, where he teaches history and creative writing. He is the author of two previous books, including Stories of Scottsboro, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.59
Audience: Adult
Language: English