The Book of Genesis is a fascinating account of ancient Israel's earliest traditions regarding both its origins as a people and the origins of the natural and human world it experienced. In the eight-part series Discovering Genesis, the late David Neiman, professor of Jewish theology at Boston College, expertly guides you through the book's first chapters - from the story of creation to the Tower of Babel - to examine how the Biblical writers grappled with the fundamental questions and mysteries of the shared human experience: Where do we come from? Who are we? What makes us different? How did civilization come about? Why do we die?
Drawing on recent findings in Biblical studies, ancient history and archaeology, Dr. Neiman also reveals the cultural, historical and linguistic context in which the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah and the Flood were originally written and understood. In the final lectures of this series, Dr. Neiman examines the life of Abraham the Patriarch and places his story into a political and historical context.