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The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus
Avivah Zornberg grew up in a world of rabbinic tradition and scholarship and received a Ph.D. in English literature from Cambridge University. The Particulars of Rapture, the sequel to her award-winning study of the Book of Genesis, takes its title from a line by the American poet Wallace Stevens about the interdependence of opposite things, such as male and female, and co...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published November 19th 2002 by Image
(first published 2001)
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Excellent rabbinical commentary - but difficult for non-scholars to follow - on the Book of Exodus. I am not Jewish, so I started at a disadvantage. Nevertheless, I had never had exposure to such detailed analysis - Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg culls from from several previous rabbinical commentators. Not a sit-down-and-read book -- one to turn to a few pages at a times for about a year, highlighting passages. an excellent, EXCELLENT inspiration for any creative person, especially writers.
This is an amazing and wonderfully complex read. I can read about a page or two at a time and have been reading for two years at least off and on. The book is about the story of Exodus and what it meant for the people of that time spiritually, psychologically and how the story is alive and can be of use to us now as well.
Amazing book about the psychological and spiritual meaning of the story of exodus. What happened then and how the story can still be pertinent now. I've been reading for over a year...read about a page at a time and take time to digest. Very deep and complex. I've found it very rewarding.