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The Rational Bible: Genesis

Narrated by: Tom Parks
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Many people today think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is not only outdated but irrelevant, irrational, and even immoral.

This explanation of the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, demonstrates clearly and powerfully that the opposite is true. The Bible remains profoundly relevant - both to the great issues of our day and to each individual life. It is the greatest moral guide and source of wisdom ever written.

Do you doubt the existence of God because you think believing in God is irrational? This book will give you many reasons to rethink your doubts. Do you think faith and science are in conflict? You won’t after reading this commentary on Genesis. Do you come from a dysfunctional family? It may comfort you to know that every family discussed in Genesis was highly dysfunctional!

The title of this commentary is “The Rational Bible” because its approach is entirely reason-based. The reader is never asked to accept anything on faith alone. In Dennis Prager’s words, “If something I write is not rational, I have not done my job.”

The Rational Bible is the fruit of Dennis Prager’s forty years of teaching the Bible - whose Hebrew grammar and vocabulary he has mastered - to people of every faith and no faith at all. On virtually every page, you will discover how the text relates to the contemporary world in general and to you personally. His goal: to change your mind - and, as a result, to change your life. 

©2019 by Dennis Prager. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. All Scripture taken from New JPS Translation, Jewish Publication Society. Philadelphia, PA 1985. Used by permission.

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I will love this book

So , why i "Will" because i haven't read this book yet the only reason i am reviewing it now is just to improve the rating for the book since it have only 2 reviews one of them is 1 star. i know i will enjoy it though as i been following Dennis Prager on you tube for the last couple of years, and many pf his videos where eye opening to say the least.

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Disappointed.

Too bad Mr Prager thinks God is a liar. I will continue to wait for a religious version.

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A strong sense that i will listen to this book a couple of more times in the coming years.

The book gives rational explanations on some of the questions lurking in my mind while reading the bible. For example, the creation story mentioned twice at the beginning of the bible, how to understand it chronologically when the bible doesn’t provide a clear answer. The book is very dense based on my current understanding of the biblical history, although the first read through gave me the perspectives I was looking for, I can sense that a few more readings are required to fully understand the author’s view. Thus the book can continue to offer great value to me as long as I can keep the effort of developing my own understanding of the bible. It will be good if I can read it a couple of more times in the coming years, and to compare my findings.

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  • Alex Martinez
  • 10-06-2019

So glad I bought this!

Tom Parks did a fine job narrating “The Rational Bible: Genesis” by Dennis Prager. As usual, Dennis does not disappoint! I liked this so much that I purchased “The Rational Bible: Exodus”. As I Christian, I found his Jewish thought to be informative and inspiring; also, I greatly appreciated his observations about Christian thought regarding this book of the Torah. I listened to it almost nonstop myself, and I am going through it one chapter at a time with my youngest son.

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  • Steve Bird
  • 10-06-2019

A must read/listen if context is important to you.

If you aren't the kind who likes the use of random scripture quotes to back a particular belief, but rather want to deeply understand God's word, this book is a must.

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  • Luis Laurentin-Perez
  • 21-05-2019

The rstional bible: Geneis

Excelent narration. Great explanation of Genesis. Makes the book come alive with the thorough ecplanations by the author. It makes me want to know more. Great secobd book after Exodus. I wish and I hope that Dennis Prager continues the series with either of tge remaining 3 books of the Pentateuc.

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  • DarrinWilliams
  • 02-08-2019

Fantastic commentary. Lots of interesting insights

I love the way Dennis inserts essays throughout to break up the commentary and give deeper insight into how it fits into the bigger picture.

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  • William
  • 28-07-2019

Replay function used a 1000 times

On this first reading, I have read this book three times via the use of the replay button. Now I will re-read in parallel with the Bible. Thank you Mr. Prager and to all those that contributed to it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-07-2019

Strongly recomend this book.

I am looking forward to listening to the next book. The naration was great and the explanations were very enlightening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-07-2019

Dennis Prager is the Man

Another awesome book to continue the Torah. The Rational Bible Genesis stays true and strong till the very end.

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  • Linh Nguyen
  • 24-06-2019

Awesome book!

Another excellent book from Dennis Prager. Can't wait for the next volume to release. Highly recommend this book for anyone looking to further their faith and knowledge in the Torah.

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  • Kevin Harper - Foster care author, speaker, trainer, and mentor
  • 17-06-2019

Fantastic commentary...and I'm Christian

I have listened to Dennis Prager for 30 years, bought one of his books, and have seen him grow in his acceptance of Christians. I've always respected his logical and moral sensibilities and Bible knowledge, so when I heard he had written two commentaries on the Torah, I was I was immediately interested. I was not disappointed. He brought many insights to Genesis from Jewish tradition to my attention. Most of it fit perfectly with my own understanding of ancient history and Judaism, but added more color and historical context that I hadn't yet appreciated. I would love to see Dennis accept the messiahship of Jesus Christ someday. But at least I know Christians have a true ally in Dennis Prager in defending ethical monotheism from the increasingly nasty attacks from athists/secularists.

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  • James
  • 08-05-2019

Dennis Prager does it again.

I thoroughly enjoy this book series. While I've read the Old Testament, Prager adds invaluable information and I cannot wait to see the other books in the Old Testament to get this treatment and add value to the scriptures.

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