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4.00689655172414 out of 54.00689655172414 out of 54.00689655172414 out of 54.00689655172414 out of 54.00689655172414 out of 5 4.01 (145 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Moyers Narrator: Mandy Patinkin, Alfre Woodard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553751680
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People need stories to make sense of the world—to hold their lives together and to fasten on to those values that last. The greatest stories are found in the Bible, enduring through the centuries. In Genesis, acclaimed television journalist Bill Moyers brings together some of the world’s liveliest minds for spirited round-table discussions of the ageless stories from the Bible’s first, towering book.

Creation, temptation, murder, exile, and family strife—these emerge from every page of Genesis and speak to us today. Genesis invites readers into a lively and accessible discussion of the manifold meanings of these stories and engages us in a fascinating exploration of the relationship between interpreter and text. Among the scores of writers, theologians, artists, and thinkers in the series are Mary Gordon, Phyllis Trible, John Barth, Faye Kellerman, Samuel Proctor, Aviva Zornberg, Walter Brueggemann, Robert Alter, Oscar Hijuelos, Charles Johnson, Stephen Mitchell, Leon Kass, Elaine Pagels, Bharati Mukherjee, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Elizabeth Swados, and Renita Weems—all in a dazzling, multilayered chorus of voices.

With the same interplay of text and art that made The Power of Myth and Healing and the Mind so dynamic and unforgettable, Genesis has the capacity to enrich people’s lives intellectually and spiritually.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 9/2/2012

    " This was kind of interesting. "Great minds" - some religious, some not - discuss the stories of Genesis. Some people have some very strange ideas! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 4/3/2012

    " I thought this would be more engrossing than it was. I thought I would come away with more profound insights than I did. In all fairness I may have been too distracted by trying to keep track of who was saying what to focus on the 'conversation' as a whole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 12/20/2011

    " Great discussion of genesis, step by step, by some wonderful scholars including Karen Armstrong and Walter Brueggemon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kecia | 5/31/2011

    " A fresh look at an all too familar text. I read this with a discussion group at my UU church. But then again, anything Bill Moyers does is wonderful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 1/23/2011

    " Bill Moyers creates discussions between top intellectuals of many different faiths and backgrounds about their reactions to the stories of Genesis. If you're interested in seeing old stories in surprising new ways, this is a fascinating book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John McLaughlin | 9/17/2010

    " As brilliant as you'd expect from Moyers and his circle of colleague/friends, discussing the many facets of this diamond of the Old Testament. Lovely book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 3/5/2010

    " Bill Moyers is a genius in my opinion. He invites so many authors, theologians, and others to participate in the reading and discussion of the first book of the Bible: Genesis. An excellent read for anyone. I often go back to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bree | 2/15/2010

    " I never finished but there was one really awesome creativity quote I pulled from it that I've saved on a piece of paper for years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bree | 9/19/2009

    " I never finished but there was one really awesome creativity quote I pulled from it that I've saved on a piece of paper for years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/3/2009

    " As brilliant as you'd expect from Moyers and his circle of colleague/friends, discussing the many facets of this diamond of the Old Testament. Lovely book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 2/28/2009

    " Bill Moyers creates discussions between top intellectuals of many different faiths and backgrounds about their reactions to the stories of Genesis. If you're interested in seeing old stories in surprising new ways, this is a fascinating book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 4/4/2008

    " Bill Moyers is a genius in my opinion. He invites so many authors, theologians, and others to participate in the reading and discussion of the first book of the Bible: Genesis. An excellent read for anyone. I often go back to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 3/18/2008

    " Great discussion of genesis, step by step, by some wonderful scholars including Karen Armstrong and Walter Brueggemon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivy | 6/8/2007

    " A fresh look at an all too familar text. I read this with a discussion group at my UU church. But then again, anything Bill Moyers does is wonderful! "

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About the Author
Author Bill MoyersBILL MOYERS was a founding organizer of the Peace Corps, a senior White House assistant (and press secretary) to President Lyndon Johnson from 1963 until 1967, publisher of Newsday, senior news analyst for CBS News, and producer of many of public television’s groundbreaking series. He is the winner of more than thirty Emmy awards and nine Peabody awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television, the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association, and the Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute. Among his bestselling books are Listening to America, A World of Ideas, The Power of Myth (with Joseph Campbell), and Moyers on America. He serves as the pro-bono president of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy.
About the Narrator

Mandel Bruce “Mandy” Patinkin is an American actor, tenor, voice artist, and comedian. Patinkin is well known for his portrayal of Inigo Montoya in the 1987 movie The Princess Bride. His other film credits include Alien Nation (1988), Yentl (1983), Dick Tracy (1990), and Wish I Was Here (2014). He has appeared in major roles in television series such as Chicago Hope, Dead like Me, and Criminal Minds, and plays Saul Berenson in the Showtime series Homeland. Patinkin is also known for his portrayal of Huxley in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999). He is a noted interpreter of the musical works of Stephen Sondheim and is known for his work in musical theater, originating iconic roles such as Georges Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George and Ché in the original Broadway production of Evita, for which he received a Tony Award.