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Voices from Genesis

Guiding Us through the Stages of Life

Norman J. Cohen

6 x 9, 192 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-118-3

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A brilliant blending of modern midrash and the life
stages of Erik Erikson’s developmental psychology.
How can the pain, pleasures, and drama of the great characters in genesis
provide insights for our own life journeys?
Many of us feel alone in the struggles and triumphs we face during different stages of our lives. Norman Cohen shows how the pathways of our lives are quite similar to those of Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekkah, Jacob, Rachel and Leah, and Joseph. Voices from Genesis brings to life the leading figures of Genesis to speak directly to us, telling of their spiritual and emotional journeys, struggles, frustrations, and confusions—from birth to maturity to death—as if they were in conversation with us right now.
Combining midrash (finding contemporary meaning from ancient biblical texts) with the developmental psychology insights of Erik Erikson, a twentieth-century psychoanalytic legend, Cohen explores the great characters of Genesis, letting the wisdom of the ancient text resonate with our own modern lives.
Praise for Voices from Genesis
“A fascinatingly idiosyncratic reading of the book of Genesis as a metaphor for the stages of human life.... A reinvention of traditional Rabbinic approaches [that] will please and instruct many Jewish and Christian readers.”
Library Journal
Praise for Norman Cohen’s Work
“Cohen’s commentaries cut to the quick—his Torah is alive and we are the protagonists. . . . The midrash he teaches us is therapeutic; it results in our growth.”
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Appleman Chair of Midrash and Interreligious Studies, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America
“Not just an important book, a gift to everyone who has sensed that Genesis was holy but couldn’t explain why.”
Lawrence Kushner, author of The Way Into Jewish Mystical Tradition and other books
“Presents places where biblical paradigms meet modern complexities. His conclusions will provoke and challenge the modern reader.”
Dr. Deirdre Good, ThD, Professor of New Testament, The General Theological Seminary
“Norman Cohen shares with his readers what, for many years, he has been giving his students: rare erudition, sensitivity, and insight.”
Elie Wiesel


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