Friday, May 14, 2010

Favorites from the Past - Genesis

a Living Conversation
by Bill Moyers

A few weeks ago, when I was doing my post about Joseph Campbell's Power of Myth, I noticed this one on the other end of the shelf.  This was a treasure when I bought it, and after spending an hour thumbing through it last week, it is definitely going back onto the Read it again shelf.
As elegantly readable as the TV series from which these conversations were taken, this volume features the transcripts from 10 different talks with a total of 38 participants about the story of and stories in the book of Genesis.  No matter what religion, there is something to ponder for everyone.  I read this several years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the exceptionally intelligent and non-biased discussions that Bill Moyers so effortlessly moderated.  
For those of you who didn't see the original PBS series on TV, or who have forgotten it, this book is the companion to the series.  It presents, in print format the actual panel chats that appeared.  The ten different talks include, among others, The First Murder, Temptation, and God Wrestling, and feature such notable participants as Karen Armstrong, John Barth, Norman Cohen, Mary Gordon, Samuel D. Proctor, and Eugene Rivers....a broad group of thinkers from a vast array of traditions, coming together, respectfully adding their perspectives to a delightful conversation.  A feast for the brain, the eye (some gorgeous illustrations), and the soul.


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