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Awesome Creation: A Study of the First Three Verses of Genesis, with the aid of Modern Science Paperback – November 30, 2015
by Yosef Bitton (Author)
The first three verses of the Torah are perhaps the best-known sentences of the Hebrew Bible. They may also very well be the least understood. In Awesome Creation, Rabbi Yosef Bitton delves into these verses with an open mind and an open heart. Drawing on classical Jewish sources as well as current scientific data, Rabbi Bitton offers a fresh reading of the initial words of Scripture. Among the subjects covered are the coincidences and differences between the Big Bang theory and the Biblical Creation story, the unexplored consequences of Creation ex nihilo, the controversies surrounding the age of the universe, the state of our planet upon its creation, the natural forces used by the Creator to reshape His world, and the enigma of the nature of primeval light. Throughout his book, Rabbi Bitton emphasizes the importance of an accurate comprehension of Biblical Hebrew, as explained by the Rabbis of the Talmud and the classical Torah commentators. Through a precise understanding of each word of these verses and thanks to today s modern scientific knowledge we are able to appreciate, as never before, the beauty and sophistication of the Biblical story of Creation.
This singular commentary, authored by Rabbi Yosef Bitton Awesome Creation: A Study of the First Three Verses of the Torah [Gefen Publishing House, 2013] is an extensive textual analysis that delves into the deeper meaning of one of the most fascinating sagas of both religious and human history, the creation of the world. Awesome Creation sets up the reader to experience a meaningful understanding of the Torah starting from level one, the first three verses of Bereishit. Without a firm grounding as provided by Rabbi Bitton in this work, a complete understanding of all that follows will be found wanting. --The Jewish Star November 2013
About the Author
Born in Argentina, rabbi Bitton began his rabbinic and academic studies in Yeshiva University, NY. He holds a degree in Hebrew language, Talmud, and Bible from Bar-Ilan University. He further pursued graduate studies at Ben-Gurion University and in the Graduate Department of Religion at Emory University. Rabbi Bitton received his rabbinic ordination from Israel s Chief Rabbinate. He has been a community rabbi and educator for over twenty-five years. He officiated as Chief Rabbi of Uruguay, and served communities in Argentina and the United States. Rabbi Bitton has published several articles and books in Spanish; this is his first publication written in English. Rabbi Bitton lives in New York with his wife Coty and their children.
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Gefen Publishing House (November 30, 2015)