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Abraham: The First Historical Biography
 
 
Author
David Rosenberg.
Publisher Basic Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 5.8 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780465070954
Pages/Publication Date 342/2006
Daedalus Item Code 32934
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Three of the world's major religious faiths all find a common root in one man—Abraham—yet his origins remain obscure to most who know him. David Rosenberg is the former editor of the Jewish Publication Society and Harold Bloom's co-author for The Book of J, and in this brilliant literary excavation he portrays Abraham as a man whose whole life, and therefore his legacy, is informed by the Sumerian culture that produced him.

"What Rosenberg does best is to show not only the distance between the biblical authors and the events they describe, but also the closeness. He looks at why they needed to create these tales in the way they did, and why we still need them now."—Daily Telegraph (London)

"The ancient patriarch Abraham lives here as a vibrant historical presence. Rosenberg warns, however, that readers will not see this remarkable man of antiquity if they persist in looking for him over the shoulders of Christian or Islamic guardians of orthodoxy. Instead, Rosenberg invites readers to see Abraham against the cultural background of ancient Jerusalem in the 10th century BC. Hardly the unlettered nomad of Christian imagination, the historical Abraham, Rosenberg argues, studied Sumerian and Akkadian texts intensely before embarking on his epoch-making journey to Canaan. It was these archival sources, melded with oral tradition, that produced the biographical narrative that enshrined Abraham in scripture. Rosenberg's explanations of how the God of Scripture and first Hebrew appeared together on the stage of history draw on both immense research and shrewd speculation."—Booklist

 
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