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The Genesis of Justice | [Alan M. Dershowitz]

The Genesis of Justice

What if an angel hadn't stopped Abraham from sacrificing his son Isaac? What does Genesis seem to be telling us about taking revenge? Or what is it saying about capital punishment? Drawing on biblical commentary from throughout the ages, Alan Dershowitz shines a brilliant legal light on the stories that comprise the foundation of our society.
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Publisher's Summary

Cain murders his brother - and walks. God gets angry - millions die in a flood. Jacob robs his brother - and gets away with it. Every weekend in our synagogues and churches, our children are told stories from the Bible - stories of Abraham and Noah, Jacob and Joseph. But what are these stories really about? In this probing, fascinating, and entertaining book, America's leading lawyer looks at the Bible - and in particular at the Book of Genesis - as a tale of justice done, justice undone, and justice in the eyes of the beholder.

What if an angel hadn't stopped Abraham from sacrificing his son Isaac? What does Genesis seem to be telling us about taking revenge? Or what is it saying about capital punishment? Drawing on biblical commentary from throughout the ages and his own actual court battles, Alan Dershowitz shines a brilliant legal light on the stories that comprise the foundation of our society. What he reveals is how our shared tradition has formed our attitude toward modern-day justice - and why we are all engaged in a never-ending quest to separate right from wrong.

©2001 by Alan M. Dershowitz, All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

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"A thoughtful, provocative book." (New York Times Book Review)
"Stimulating and enriching." (Elie Wiesel, author of Night)
"...should be [heard] by all who are interested in religion, justice, or both." (Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo)

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    Matthew Newton, MA, United States 11-18-08
    Matthew Newton, MA, United States 11-18-08 Member Since 2005
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    "A brilliant study."

    As a student of the law I found this book truly fascinating. It sounds the intersection between "divine justice" as portrayed by the Book of Genesis and man's justice expressed both in Hallacha (Jewish Law) and the Commonlaw (Anglo-American legal tradition).

    Dershowitz is a remarkably controversial figure. Much of this is his fault as he often fails to explain his highly nuanced positions almost inviting misunderstanding. He seems to almost defy both "soundbiting" and reviews which must distill his very complex and subtle arguments into (in this case) 2000 characters. That disclaimer said, he almost places G-d in the dock or at least subjects his rulings to "judicial review." As an appellate lawyer this is a role which Dershowitz is familiar.

    This book should be read by three categories of people. 1) Lawyers/law-students will come away with new insights into their profession that will make them better at their trade and help explain many aspects of the law that many people assume are merely arbitrary. 2) Jews. Dershowitz explains aspects of the Jewish Law in a new and novel manner using his unique perspective and a number of the old commentaries. This book raises excellent Talmudic questions and explores different answers. 3) any Old Testimate scholar or person interested in "divine justice".

    I recommend this book. Dershowitz's own narration takes some getting used to but is very interesting in its own right.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 02-16-12
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 02-16-12 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    In my line of work (similar to the author's) the last thing I thought I would want to read or listen to was a book about law, let alone Hebrew Law. But the title sucked me in and, then, before I knew it I was hooked; hooked on the subject matter, hooked on the voice, hooked on the engaging argument and all of this even though I didn't agree with a good part of it. I think this says something about the author/reader's celebrity. Not celebrity in the Paris Hilton sense, but in the literal sense. Whatever I might think of his political views, I have to say he puts a pretty good argument, in an engaging and persuasive way. On top of that, I think he makes his points without discrimination. You don't need to be a lawyer to get into this book. You don't need to be religious and you don't need to be Jewish. You just have to suspend your belief that there is nothing to be said and you'll like it anyway.

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    Ron Dayan Riverdale, NY United States 04-29-06
    Ron Dayan Riverdale, NY United States 04-29-06 Member Since 2000

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    Brilliant and thought provoking. Highly recommended!

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