By Itzhak Benyamini
In this e-book Itzhak Benyamini offers another interpreting of Genesis, a detailed textual research from the tale of production to the binding of Isaac. This studying bargains the potential of a tender relation to God, now not one characterised by means of worry and awe. the amount offers Don-Abraham-Quixote now not as a perpetual knight of religion yet as a crafty believer within the face of God's calls for of him. Benyamini reads Genesis with out making concessions to God, asking approximately Him prior to He examines the guts of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and the opposite knights of religion (if they're fairly that). during this means, the observation on Genesis turns into a platform for a brand new form of serious theology. via this unconventional rereading of the frequent biblical textual content, the ebook makes an attempt to extract a special ethic, person who demanding situations the Kierkegaardian call for of blind religion in an all-knowing ethical God and gives in its stead another, daily ethic. The ethic that Benyamini uncovers is characterised by means of kin continuity and culture meant to make sure that very axis—familial permanence and resilience within the face of the difficult and capricious legislations of God and the standard hardships of lifestyles.
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Beyond the question about their identity, there is the structural relationship of the sons of God, or the angels, or the members CHAPTER THREE: THE SONS OF GOD 41 of the retinue toward the single God. For that reason, we must discuss other passages in our interpretation: the sons of God bring home to us the principle of multiplicity within the single divinity, which is split into various voices, so that it is characterized simultaneously (and paradoxically) both by inner multiplicity and inner unity.
He must wander on earth, without resting on it, without embracing it: “And he said, What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the soil, it shall no longer yield to you its strength; you shall be a nomad and wanderer on the earth” (4:10–12). This results from the abomination of sending human blood back to the earth. ” (4:6) He even strives to teach him how to control his desire, whereas he himself, God, finds it difficult to control the desire of his envy of the earth.
4:6) He even strives to teach him how to control his desire, whereas he himself, God, finds it difficult to control the desire of his envy of the earth. There is something puzzling about the following words: “And YHWH said to Cain, Why are you angry, and why did your face fall? For if you do well, you will be accepted, and if you do not do well, sin crouches at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it. And Cain said to Abel his brother, and when they were in the field, Cain rose against his brother Abel and killed him” (4:6–8).