Beginnings: Reflections on Firsts in the Bible by Meir Shalev

By Meir Shalev

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The bestselling and prize-winning Israeli writer Meir Shalev describes the numerous "firsts" of the Bible – the 1st love and the 1st dying, to the 1st snort and the 1st dream – offering a clean, secular and magnificent examine the tales we expect we know.

The first kiss within the Bible isn't a kiss of affection. the 1st love within the Bible isn't the love of a guy and a girl. the 1st hatred within the Bible is the hatred of a guy towards his spouse. the 1st snicker within the Bible can also be the final. In Beginnings, Meir Shalev reintroduces us to the heroes and heroines of the outdated testomony, exploring those and lots of extra of the Bible’s unforeseen "firsts." Combining penetrating wit, deep empathy, and ambitious wisdom of the Bible, he probes every one episode to discover nuances and implications lesser author may fail to remember, and his nontraditional, nonreligious interpretations of the recognized tales of the Bible take them past platitudes and assumptions to the affection, worry, tragedy, and idea at their center. Literary, inquisitive, and sincere, Shalev makes those tales come alive in all their complex attractiveness, and although those tales are historical, their resonance continues to be intensely contemporary.

MEIR SHALEV (b. 1948) is considered one of Israel's so much celebrated writers. writer of six novels, so much lately A Pigeon and a Boy, and 5 works of non-fiction, his writing has been translated into over 20 languages. A columnist for the Israeli day-by-day Yediot Ahronot, Shalev lives in Jerusalem and within the north of Israel along with his spouse and kids. He has acquired the Brenner Prize, Israel's optimum literary honor, the nationwide Jewish publication Award for Fiction, and various overseas honors.

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