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The Rational Bible: Genesis

Written by: Dennis Prager
Narrated by: Tom Parks
Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
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Many people today think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is not only outdated but irrelevant, irrational, and even immoral.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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For Wisdom and Entertainment both

Not often these 2 shall meet, but done with exceptional eloquence here. The narrator was great too.

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  • Alex Martinez
  • 2019-06-10

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
  • 2019-06-10

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
  • 2019-05-21

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
  • 2019-08-02

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
  • 2019-07-28

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
  • 2019-07-24

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
  • 2019-07-23

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
  • 2019-06-24

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
  • 2019-06-17

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
  • 2019-05-08

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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