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Visit the new "Participants Speak" Bulletin Board to read responses to your comments by project participants Rabbi Burton Visotzky, Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, and Walter Brueggemann.

WHO'S FEATURED THIS WEEK?

Dianne Bergant, Norman J. Cohen, Francisco O. Garcia-Treto, P.K. McCary, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Phyllis Trible, Burton L. Visotzky participate this week in our discussion of THE TEST. Among others, there is a nun, two rabbis, and a minister. There are theologians and laypeople, Jews, Christian and a Muslim.


WHAT'S HAPPENING IN DISCUSSION GROUPS

A study group at a conservative synagogue in Greensboro, North Carolina, reports that GENESIS: A LIVING CONVERSATION brings freshness to their theological conversations. Many participants grew up in traditionally observant homes yet still had little first-hand exposure to the texts. They have been struck by the anthropomorphic descriptions of God in all the stories, and by the way both God and human characters seem to be searching for each other. Neither side is able to take the divine-human relationship for granted. Discussing the CALL AND PROMISE episode, participants began to share with each other the way they believe God to be an intimate part of their lives. Afterwards the group felt closer not only to God, but to each other.


WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Check out information about ordering a set of videocassettes, audiocassettes, the companion book, or the Resource Guide. The project contributors have written some of the best books available on Genesis. Check out References.



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    The Test

    The Test

    What does it mean that God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac? What does it meant that God stopped Abraham in the nick of time? Read this week's story of THE TEST in your Bible in Genesis, Chapters 22-23, or hear Mandy Patinkin tell it on this Web site.


    QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
    "There is no such thing as the theological suspension of the ethical." -- Franciso Garcia-Treto, professor and chair of the department of religion at Trinity University in San Antonio.


    QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
    1. One of the founding works of existentialism was inspired by this story. It explores the story in depth, even imagining Abraham's thoughts as he climbs the mountain. What is the name of this work?

    2. Who wrote it?
    (Answers at bottom of page.)


    WHAT DO YOU THINK?