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

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

So begins James Goodman’s original and urgent encounter with one of the most compelling and resonant stories ever told—God’
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Schocken (first published January 1st 2013)
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Offers a comprehensive look into the different interpretations of Genesis 22 from a variety of angles. The author is not a trained biblical scholar, he has done a lot of research and that makes it very interesting.
Andy Oram
Structured as a sampling of important commentaries on the binding of Isaac throughout history, this book is more an exploration of the importance to our civilization of ideas about faith, suffering, virtue, martyrdom, and redemption. It is not a comprehensive compendium of approaches to the Akedah, partly because others have done that job to some extent, and partly because such a compendium would be impossible--the contributions are too numerous. Truly, the binding of Isaac resonates throughout ...more
Entirely evoted to the Akedah, mainly from the Jewish, but also from the Christian, Muslim & secular viewpoints and all the uses and interpretations of the Abraham story through the millennia. Interesting -- better if you peruse and return to it, rather than trying to read it right through. Designed for the layman but it is an in-depth study. ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Elizabeth marked it as unfinished
The author is a professor of creative writing. His initial approach to the story was interesting but as he delved into the history of religious scholarship on the Story of Abraham and Isaac... I had to stop reading. I read far enough for him to get to the part where "the rabbis" addressed one of his major issues with the story (The lack of argument by Abraham with God) only to have him completely skip over it without comment.
Andrea van der Hoek
Interesting topic, just too rambling for my taste.
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