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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (68 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan M. Dershowitz Narrator: Alan M. Dershowitz Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594834363
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Garber | 12/22/2012

    " This is an interesting book. I have not finished it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Seals | 6/13/2012

    " A well written and easily readable book the covers the history of the Old Testament Book of Genesis and it's impact on the creation of Western Law. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 4/8/2012

    " One of the best books I've read. Gave me a new perspective on several of the stories in Genesis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daryl | 2/26/2012

    " Very interesting ideas such as the bible would make more since if god was not omniscient. Basically, he challenges preconceived attributes on god. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 1/19/2012

    " Interesting to see the stories of Genesis from a legal point of view. Dershowitz concludes that these tales of extreme family dysfunction point out the need for a society based on law. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leon | 7/4/2010

    " Dershowitz's exegesis seems very unorthodox at points but his logic is compelling. A very interesting take on Genesis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 3/2/2010

    " An interesting and very well written book. I love deciphering the mysteries of what people have come up with and this discussing a book or set which has caused just about every war on the planet- cool stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/27/2009

    " This is an interesting book. I have not finished it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 12/8/2008

    " Interesting to see the stories of Genesis from a legal point of view. Dershowitz concludes that these tales of extreme family dysfunction point out the need for a society based on law. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 6/27/2008

    " One of the best books I've read. Gave me a new perspective on several of the stories in Genesis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 2/27/2008

    " An interesting and very well written book. I love deciphering the mysteries of what people have come up with and this discussing a book or set which has caused just about every war on the planet- cool stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leon | 5/7/2007

    " Dershowitz's exegesis seems very unorthodox at points but his logic is compelling. A very interesting take on Genesis. "

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About the Author
Author Alan M. Dershowitz

Alan M. Dershowitz has been called on of the nation’s most distinguished defenders of individual rights. A graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, he joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age twenty-five before beginning his high-profile career as a court defender. He is also the author of over twenty works of fiction and non-fiction, many of which have become international bestsellers.