In this highly acclaimed translation, Stephen Mitchell conveys in English the simplicity, dignity and powerful earthiness of the original Hebrew. More than just interpreting it, he also separates stories that were combined by scribes centuries after they were written, explaining their sources and omitting all verses that are recognized as scribal additions. Like removing coat after coat of lacquer from a once-vibrant masterpiece, this allows readers to appreciate the clarity of the original tales.
Genesis is an extraordinarily beautiful book that is accessible in a way that no other translation has ever been. It will shed new light on readers' understanding of this seminal work of sacred scripture.
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Stephen Mitchell, author of The Gospel According to Jesus and a participant in Bill Moyer's PBS television series on Genesis, has produced a new translation of the Bible's first book. Mitchell's sensitivity to the original Hebrew language and the history of biblical scholarship is evident in his carefully written work. But it is his overwhelming concern with contemporary relevance that marks this translation. Those interested in new means of situating the spiritual message of Genesis will likely welcome Mitchell's phrasings and interpretations.From the Publisher:
Stephen Mitchell--who is widely known for The Gospel According to Jesus and his translations of The Book of Job and the Tao Te Ching--puts the great biblical stories of Genesis in a modern perspective.
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