By Itzhak Benyamini
In this ebook Itzhak Benyamini provides an alternate studying of Genesis, a detailed textual research from the tale of construction to the binding of Isaac. This analyzing bargains the opportunity of a delicate relation to God, now not one characterised via worry and awe. the quantity 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 sooner than He examines the center of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and the opposite knights of religion (if they're quite that). during this approach, the remark on Genesis turns into a platform for a brand new kind of serious theology. via this unconventional rereading of the typical biblical textual content, the booklet makes an attempt to extract a unique ethic, person who demanding situations the Kierkegaardian call for of blind religion in an all-knowing ethical God and provides in its stead another, daily ethic. The ethic that Benyamini uncovers is characterised by way of relatives continuity and culture meant to make sure that very axis—familial permanence and resilience within the face of the difficult and capricious legislation of God and the standard hardships of lifestyles.
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God hallowed the seventh day in the sense of separating it from the others. Thus, this separation is also a type of sanctification. Thereby God performs the first religious act of separation and distinction between the sacred and the profane. 22 I. BENYAMINI What is sanctification? Is it to be understood as the traumatic of Rudolf Otto and Freud and as the real in Lacan (in relation to “what does not go”)? For the ordinary person, it is not usually revealed as a truly transcendent revelation, for it is self-evident.
Cain said to YHWH, My sin is too great to bear. Behold, you have driven me this day away from the face of the earth and from your face I shall be hidden; and I shall be a nomad and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will slay me. Then YHWH said to him, Therefore anyone who slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And YHWH put a mark on Cain, so anyone who found him would not strike him. Then Cain went away from the presence of YHWH and dwelt in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
Hence the verse And the heaven and the earth . . were completed addresses the first verse: In the beginning Elohim created heaven and the earth, and both of them together, in fact, describe the sum of the divine action. Furthermore, the separation of the seventh day from the others also comprises the whole of the rest of creation; it is the extension of the same logic, because all the created things were, in fact, separations, yet this is the primary separation, which separates itself from all other separations but also includes them all—this is the essence of the biblical God, Who creates the Other, is sanctified opposite the Other, and the Other enables him to be an existing essence by himself: God.