Dr. Zornberg breathes new life into the ancient characters of the Bible through her lyrical prose and modern sensibilities. She brings biblical, midrashic, and literary sources together, weaving them into a seamless tapestry and illuminating the tensions that grip human beings as they search for an encounter with God. Zornberg's vibrant spirit and infectious enthusiasm for the Bible draw the reader more deeply into the search for meaning and the ways in which biblical tales intersect with our own lives. The Beginning of Desire is a unique blend of brilliant literary insights and theological wisdom, derived from a lifelong immersion in rabbinic traditions and lore.
"Deserves to be the most widely read book on the Bible in years, perhaps decades."
"Not only is Zornberg's book leagues removed from popular trivializations, it also does what all successful midrash is meant to do: open up new perspectives on ancient texts."
"A sinewy, powerful, and hauntingly beautiful reanimation of the ancient text of early Israel and of their heroes and heroines."
"Spectacular readings . . . A beautiful and arresting exercise in biblical literary criticism; highly recommended."
"Zornberg brings a brilliant mastery of psychology, literature, and Judaismto bear on the Bible . . . This is an extraordinary book."
--The Jerusalem Report