THE LAST TRIAL by Shalom Spiegel


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One of the most intriguing of all biblical events is God's command to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac (Genesis, xxii). Professor Spiegel's book explores all aspects of that incident, discussing what lay behind it and how subsequent generations explained and interpreted the story story according to the historical exigencies of their own times. The value of the book, in addition to its obvious usefulness for an understanding of biblical Judaism and Christianity, lies in the fact that the origins, evolution, and interpretation of the story, legend-encrusted as it is, is a remarkable example of the interaction of history and myth, of fact and imagination. From that standpoint, The Last Trial is a work of major importance to secular as well as to biblical scholarship--an importance only slightly dimmed by the stilted language of Professor Goldin's translation from the Hebrew.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1967
Publisher: Pantheon