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When the Beginning Began: Stories about God, the Creatures, and Us

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“This book is astonishing, daring, compelling, and confirms Lester’s preeminence among storytellers.”--Jane Yolen

If we weren’t there, how can we really know how the world began? Could it be that God even made a mistake or two when creating the world? Using Jewish legend and his own translations from the Book of Genesis, master storyteller Julius Lester has created a collec
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published March 15th 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Lonaoui Amare
When the beginning began is a collection of stories from multiple sources about god and creation. This book is very interesting because it gives another story on top of other multiple stories about god and creation. This book goes into depth about the seven days of creation where god created our world and everything in it. However it goes into depth about what there was before creation, how creation started and gods limited knowledge before and in the beginning of creation. For example it states ...more
Jun 15, 2013 Taneka rated it really liked it
Julius Lester takes the story of Genesis and breaks them down into midrashim which means to inquire or to investigate. He uses questions that anyone would ask such as, what was GOD doing before he created and why did he create Chavah, or Eve. This is a slightly comical take on the creation story, but readers are able to dig a little more into the Genesis story and may find a little relief on questions answered and questions asked.

I was hesitant to read this story. As a person that has practiced
Delicious Strawberry
I wouldn't have even known of this book if my brother had not borrowed it from his library. You could see this as a re-telling of the Book of Genesis (basically Creation) as it follows the verses somewhat, but each bit in Genesis is expanded upon.

For example, the Sun and Moon have a story of their own, explaining how the Sun is brighter than the moon, or how the oceans once covered the earth and the waters had to be fought back so there would be land. Lilith - Adam's first wife in the Old Testam
May 13, 2013 Caitlin rated it liked it
There's a lot of stories behind those in the Bible, but not all traditions perpetuate them. I picked up this book looking to learn a little more of the mythology behind the story of creation, and it was a nice introduction to some of the midrashim that I've never learned about in my Presbyterian church. Though the book itself was not my style, it's a nice starting point off of which I can jump into more about the oral history behind the Bible.
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I was born on January 27, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1941-1954 I lived in Kansas City, Kansas, and from 1954-1961 in Nashville, Tennesse. I received a B.A. in English from Fisk University in 1960.

In 1961 I moved to New York City where I had a talk radio show on WBAI FM from 1966-1973, hosted a television talk show on WNET from 1969-1971.

Since 1968 I have published 43 books. Among the awards
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