The Rational Bible: Genesis

The Rational Bible: Genesis✤ The Rational Bible: Genesis Download ➸ Author Dennis Prager – Heartforum.co.uk The continuation of Dennis Prager s bestselling five part commentary, The Rational BibleWhy do so many people think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is outdated Why do our friend The continuation of Dennis Prager s bestselling five part commentary, The Rational BibleWhy do so many people think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is outdated Why do our friends and neighbors and sometimes we ourselves dismiss the Bible as irrelevant, irrational, immoral, or all of these things This explanation of the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, will demonstrate that the Bible is not only powerfully relevant to today s issues, but completely consistent with rational thought.

Dennis Prager is an American syndicated radio talk show host, syndicated columnist, author, and public speaker He is noted for his conservative political and social views emanating from conservative Judeo Christian values.

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  1. Mike Smith says:

    Prager provides enlightening commentary and translation for these familiar Bible passages I especially appreciated his perspective on familial relations and the comfort and instruction we should take from the repeated failures contained in Genesis Two other consistent themes for Prager are the self proving truth of the Torah and the separation of people into morally good and morally bad, which isimportant than other divisions.

  2. James says:

    Rational Bible Genesis is a line by line exegesis i.e analysis of the book of Genesis While this might sound dry, it actually brings to life many of stories and provides some fascinating new insights Writing primarily for a secular audience, Prager addresses many common objections or misunderstandings about the creation narrative and other stories of the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs One of the major themes that Prager draws out is the ways in which the God of Genesis is unique from Rational Bible Genesis is a line by line exegesis i.e analysis of the book of Genesis While this might sound dry, it actually brings to life many of stories and provides some fascinating new insights Writing primarily for a secular audience, Prager addresses many common objections or misunderstandings about the creation narrative and other stories of the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs One of the major themes that Prager draws out is the ways in which the God of Genesis is unique from other gods of antiquity and legend Among others, the God described in Genesis is Universal, not tribal This make seem like an odd assertion, given God s unique relationship with the tribes of Israel, but Prager presents a number of passages explaining why God is not only the God of the Israelite nation.Pre existing Unlike most other gods, there is no birth story explaining the origin of the God of Genesis Moral God is moral and has a moral will as such, God punishes both the pagans and Israelites for their crimes Creates out of nothing The universe is not the product of some cosmic battle or act of copulation Instead, God merely speaks Let there be light and there was light God is separate from nature Genesis 1 1 begins God created the Heavens and the Earth Another important theme is the authenticity of Genesis, challenging the idea that the Torah is merely a series of myths, concocted to justify the nation of Israel and solidify the priestly class, which has been edited over the millennia Prager points out a number of stories and details that would, presumably, have been removed by a later editor if the intent was just to prop up Jewish mythology For example, various passages depict the patriarchs eating non kosher foods, marrying a half sister, marrying two women who are sisters, or engaging in divination, practices that were later sternly prohibited by Jewish law and practice More significantly, the Genesis depicts the patriarchs as flawed people to take just one example, following God s promise to the childless Abram to give him descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven , Abram and his wife Sarai apparently give up on God s promise At Sarai s urging, Abram then fathers Ishmael by his her maidservant, leading to a host of family drama and a line of descendants in conflict with the Jews Later in the saga, God speaks to Jacob and promises to be with him and to protect him And yet, when faced with the dangerous prospect of meeting with his estranged brother Esau, Jacob pleads again for God s protection Prager notes it shows that even if God did appear to us, we would soon again have doubts People imagine that God could make His existence so clear, our faith would never again falter As the case of Jacob makes clear, that is simply not so One of the things that always troubled me is that the creation narrative in Genesis seems at odds with our current, scientific understanding of the history of the universe For example, it seems strange that in Genesis 1 11 God creates plants, but it isn t until 1 14 that the sun and moon appear As with many such Bible verses, a careful analysis eliminates the apparent contradiction Gen 1 14 actually says God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky , suggesting that the celestial objects appeared as the thick, primordial clouds dissipated But at a higher level and this is a central point , the purpose of the creation narrative isn t to teach science, but to teach wisdom about human nature, right and wrong, and our relationship to God the natural history element of the creation narrative is a secondary purpose and exists as a framework for theseimportant lessons Regarding the alignment of the creation narrative with our scientific understanding of natural history, Prager states If Genesis described exactly how the world was created, it would be unintelligible to us, let alone to all those who preceded us over the past three thousand years It might not even be in intelligible language but in yet to be discovered mathematical or physics equations The Torah must speak in language that is intelligible to human beings in every past generation as well as in every future generation Clearly, then, it cannot speak in scientific terms At the same time, it should not violate essential scientific truths for example, it accurately depicts human beings as the last creation we have no idea what science will say about cosmology the beginning of the universe in a hundred years In my lifetime alone, science went from positing a universe that always existed to positing a universe that had a beginning the Big Bang So, in just one generation, the Torah, in describing a beginning to the universe, went from conflicting with science to agreeing with science Prager points out that another element of the creation narrative is to assert God s mastery over the creatures and forces of nature These things sun, moon, animals that many cultures have worshiped in various ways are paraded forth as the creations of God, preceding the greatest creation, Man The passage about the creation of Man is another that I ve found perplexing Thanks to archaeology, we now know that homo sapiens have existed for a long time, preceded by and sometimes concurrent with other homo species How does all of this fit into the Adam Eve story The first answer is that again the purpose is to teach wisdom, about our relationship with each other and with God But from the historical and scientific perspective, Prager explains that the Hebrew uses a slightly different word for man in later parts of the passage, bringing up the interesting possibility that the first man were creatures that were physiologically similar to humans but which lacked a soul or reason As a side note, Jordan Peterson s excellent Psychological Significance of the Bible Stories lectures go into some of the ideas of the Adam and Eve story in much greater detail, and from a non religious perspective These notes only touch on a few highlights from the book, and I have pages of additional excerpts that just aren t practical to condense into a review Definitely worth reading

  3. Samuel says:

    Very much enjoyed this reading of Genesis Prager s look at Genesis takes the view that it can be taken literally or metaphorically and it works either way He dissects the different stories, gives the Jewish perspective on the stories and tells how they still relate to us today Very enjoyable if it is your thing.

  4. Michel says:

    This volume of The Rational Bible is on the same level as his first one on Exodus Very insightful commentary that greatly helped me gain a deeper understanding of Genesis Like Prager promised, TRB changed my life and hopefully it will change many .P.S You ve heard it said don t judge a book by its cover But if you were to, this would be your favorite book.

  5. Clay Davis says:

    A very in depth study of the Torah, sometimes raisingquestions than answers Unfortunate that the typo on page 166 in the phrase in red was not caught during the last edit.

  6. Emily Nelson says:

    Shoutout to quarantine for pushing me to finish this one Incredibly helpful for anyone wanting to better understand the Old Testament cultural and historical context is KEY to bringing about anuanced and complete view of any ancient texts Especially appreciated the essays scattered throughout the writing, which gave me a lot to think about Some of my favorites were God s Existence, Why is God Depicted in Male Terms, Does the Torah Advocate Vegetarianism, It is Not Good for Man to Be A Shoutout to quarantine for pushing me to finish this one Incredibly helpful for anyone wanting to better understand the Old Testament cultural and historical context is KEY to bringing about anuanced and complete view of any ancient texts Especially appreciated the essays scattered throughout the writing, which gave me a lot to think about Some of my favorites were God s Existence, Why is God Depicted in Male Terms, Does the Torah Advocate Vegetarianism, It is Not Good for Man to Be Alone, The Most Empowering Idea in Life, The Death Penalty for Murder is a Moral Cornerstone of Society, and When Good People Have Bad Children Although I didn t agree with all of the authors conclusions, it opened my eyes to new ideas

  7. Kirk Mahoney says:

    Thought provoking, educational commentary on Genesis

  8. Janice says:

    I absorbed this book.

  9. Nathan says:

    Very insightful verse by verse commentary of the first book of the Old Testament by Rabbi Prager.A few gems in the context of the stories, verses, and principles of the Book of Genesis Undoing God s order and distinctions is the natural state of man The battle for higher civilization may be characterized as the battle between biblical distinctions and the human desire to undo many of those distinctions e.g light dark, male female, good evil, life death Ch 1 Regular attendance at a hou Very insightful verse by verse commentary of the first book of the Old Testament by Rabbi Prager.A few gems in the context of the stories, verses, and principles of the Book of Genesis Undoing God s order and distinctions is the natural state of man The battle for higher civilization may be characterized as the battle between biblical distinctions and the human desire to undo many of those distinctions e.g light dark, male female, good evil, life death Ch 1 Regular attendance at a house of worship is the most accurate predictor of altruism,so than any other factor Essay It is Not Good for Man to Be Alone, Ch 2 The key factor is being part of a religious community Note also that loneliness has become what former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has said is an epidemic Divine revelation is necessary because human conscience is not enough since evil is done by many with a clear conscience Essay The Most Empowering Idea in Life, Ch 4 Poverty is not the reason for evil People are not basically good Values and moral self control matter farthan outside forces The best way to make good people is through the combination of good values, good laws, and a god who commands goodness, such as that of the Bible Those who blame evil on outside forces i.e society rather than the individual , will encourage people to battle society rather than their own human nature The need to change society rather than a focus for people to change their nature is becoming the dominant feature in the western world Essay The Belief People Are Basically Good is Foolish and Dangerous, Ch 8 God and the Bible are greatly concerned with preventing animal suffering While it doesn t ban meat eating, the Bible does prescribe the humane treatment of animals Ch 9 The most frequent statement from God to man in the Old Testament is Do not fear The greatest antidote to fear is faith in God Ch 15 In the ancient world, change of name signified an event of great import Abraham s name change signified that something very important was to happen Ch 17 It takesthan one to do great good but a single person can do immense evil e.g Lenin, Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot However, a small group can make a moral impact e.g American Founders, Christian abolitionists, Jews Ch 18 Immense evil is done by collective groups e.g Chinese Cultural Revolution Ch 19 Kindness to strangers is the most cited principle than any other commandment in the Torah Ch 19 The merit of a righteous person is a doctrine that says that an undeserving person people might be spared for the sake of or on the account of a righteous person e.g Abraham and Lot Ch 19 The Torah s preoccupation is with living a morally good life and enjoying it Ch 24 Gratitude is the root of both goodness and happiness Prayers expressing gratitude are among the highest levels of prayer The finest individuals are those who express gratitude after their request is fulfilled Ungrateful people cannot be good or happy Ch 24 Rebecca s veiling herself upon greeting her future husband is the origin of the custom of veiling the bride in a marriage ceremony Ch 24 The phrase gathered to his kin people in KJV Gen 25 8 testifies to a belief that man possesses an immortal element that survives his perishability and death, and thus death is looked upon as a transition to an afterlife where one is united with one s ancestors Essay The Afterlife, Ch 25 The instance of one being shown through data, facts, etc that something about their argument is inaccurate, and they fail to stop making that argument and place ideology above truth, is probably the greatest source and very common as well of mass evil in the world Big lies have been the greatest source of evil in the modern world the genocides and mass murders of the 20th Century Essay On Lying, Ch 31 Biblical monotheism and the Torah s denial of all other gods served as the single most important moral and intellectual advance in history e.g The Torah s God is a god entirely above and beyond nature brought universal morality into the world means good and evil are not subject to individual or societal opinions changes, but objectively real morally judges every human being gives humanity hope introduced holiness humans as beings created in God s image gives every individual unprecedented self worth is necessary for human brotherhood began the long journey to belief in human equality teaches that the physical realm is not the only reality means there is ultimate meaning to existence and to each of our lives gives humans free will teaches might is not right and made human moral progress possible Ch 35 While people rarely learn from other s lives, learning from other s mistakes is a good definition of wisdom Ch 37 Gen 37 18 Joseph s brothers conspire against him It is easier to loathe people and plot against them when we are not actually confronted with them When we interact with people, they often become sympathetic human beings The surest way to preserve hatred and negative stereotypes is to avoid dealing face to face with those we hate The principle is the same the other way, which is why one must guard against becoming sympathetic to those who are evil Ch 37 Like Joseph, the Jewish people have been remarkably successful in foreign societies The primary reason has been the Jews values, incl strong stable family life near universal marriage and children universal literacy emphasis on the life of the mind delayed gratification and an aversion to violence Ch 39 Gen 41 51 Manasseh means God has made me forget completely my hardship and parental home The three elements to this verse are 1 Joseph willingly forgot his childhood pain 2 the role of having a child in that process of forgetting and 3 the role of God in that process of forgetting Ch 41 Maimonides defined complete repentance as he who is confronted with the identical situation in which he transgressed, and it lies within his power to commit the transgression again, but nevertheless abstains, but not out of fear of being caught Ch 42

  10. Joel says:

    I ve tried reading through the Bible several times, always starting at Genesis, but never got past Leviticus simply put reading the Bible is boring to me I can try as hard as I want, I don t get the excitement I should be getting.Now I know why I barely scratched the surface Reading Dennis Prager s commentary is like reading an entirely new book I m being exposed to so many ideas here, it s like I just read Genesis for the very first time I don t want to go on further through the Torah wi I ve tried reading through the Bible several times, always starting at Genesis, but never got past Leviticus simply put reading the Bible is boring to me I can try as hard as I want, I don t get the excitement I should be getting.Now I know why I barely scratched the surface Reading Dennis Prager s commentary is like reading an entirely new book I m being exposed to so many ideas here, it s like I just read Genesis for the very first time I don t want to go on further through the Torah without a commentary now, and I really, really enjoy Prager s writing style, so I hope he releases the rest of it as soon as possible.I still can t believe I just read through 500 pages about Genesis in only two months I really feel like I could talk about any story subject chapter in Genesis now and challenge established viewpoints and offer explanations for topics that are hard to tackle in or outside of Genesis This book Genesis, but also The Rational Bible is so full of wisdom, and it s universally relevant.What I really enjoy about this book is that it respects Christian and Jewish viewpoints, and cites several different people on their viewpoints on things, includes nice, fitting quotes from historic figures like Blaise Pascal, and interesting anecdotes as well.I am very happy that Mr Prager keeps advertising this occasionally, I would have never thought about buying a Bible commentary if he didn t

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