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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’
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Schocken (first published January 1st 2013)
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Tovis
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Doctor Moss
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Goodman doesn't resolve the big questions about the story of Abraham and Isaac -- the questions about faith and morality. What he does is give us a long, historically-infused rumination on why the story matters so much to us, how we might attempt to resolve the questions it raises, and why none of those resolutions seems to be satisfactory.

He begins by placing himself in the position of the author of the story. The author doesn't like the story -- there's something not right about it. How could
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Barnard Madsen
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author surveys every interpretation of the Abraham/Isaac sacrifice story (Genesis 22:1-19), ancient and modern, from every tradition and perspective. Led me to my own interpretation: that the story, from _God's_ perspective, is the answer to the question, "do you trust that I love you?" Because our heavenly Father spared Isaac, as he spared the firstborn of the Israelites before freeing them from the bondage of Egypt, we can celebrate our own Passover connected to the Last Supper. And we can tru ...more
Margaret Klein
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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"I didn't think he'd do it." so begins this masterful look at 19 verses of Scripture, held sacred by Jews, Christians and Muslims. This is a critical look at two thousand years of commentary from all walks of life on Genesis 22, the text that Jews use for Rosh Hashanah no less. Told from the point of view of the "author" of those 22 verses who the author, James Goodman, names as "G". G for G-d? G for Goodman? For something else? " That hangs in the balance. G" claims that these 19 verses were ju ...more
Andy Oram
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Elizabeth
Aug 25, 2013 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.
Merrily
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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