Shlomo DuNour; Philip Simpson Adiel

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Adiel

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Winner of the 1999 Jerusalem Prize for Literature The angel Adiel is chosen to witness the tragedies of the ten generations of man.

"After what I had witnessed, I reflected that I might have been his friend, if only I could have been revealed to him and spoken with him. We could have been like brothers. But the Lord had created the world as He created it. Adam will dream of angels and angels will lust for Adam, and the Lord will divide them."

ADIEL is a re-telling of the Old Testament story of the Bible, from the Creation of Adam and Eve through the ten generations, culminating with Noah and the Flood. It is told through the observations of ADIEL, an angel, appointed by God and the archangel Michael, whose responsibility it is to record the events of Man, a sort of protective angel of history. Utilising the Ancient forms of Midrash, the Jewish term for literary and creative Biblical exposition, it is a reflection on the place and man in the universe, and on good and evil.

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Shlomo DuNour was born in 1921, in Lodz, Poland, and immigrated to Palestine in 1938. None of his extensive family survived the Holocaust. One of the leaders of the Aliyat HaNoar Movement, he taught at the Department s of History at both the Hebrew University and at the University of Haifa form many years. In 1978, Du Nour's first book, Yet Another was award the Newman Prize. Adiel, published to great acclaim, was awarded the Jerusalem Literary Prize in 1999. He is married to the author and translator, Miriam DuNour, for over 59 years, and lives in Jerusalem

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This retelling of the Old Testament's stories, narrated in personal tones by Adiel, a minor angel in the heavenly panoply, illustrates once again the myriad ways that these biblical tales can be interpreted. Winner of the 1999 Jerusalem Prize for Literature, the book uses the ancient forms of midrash, the Jewish term for literary and creative biblical exposition. Initially entrusted with guiding the sun on its appointed path, Adiel, under the tutelage of the archangel Michael, moves on to the Garden of Eden, where he acquires memory. DuNour, a former history professor living in Jerusalem, uncannily explores an angel's growth and development, taking the reader from the creation of Adam and Eve through the ten generations, culminating with Noah and the flood. At that point, as a protective angel of history, Adiel is responsible to recording the events of humankind. Our place in the universe and the concept of good and evil are some of the verities retold here with extraordinary skill, fantasy, and wonder. Recommended for all libraries.
Molly Abramowitz, Silver Spring, MD
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