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Lucid and insightful, this interdisciplinary retelling of Abraham's adulthood provides a new perspective on Abraham, founder of religious traditions, and an extraordinary study of family dynamics, faith, and leadership. Praise for The First Father Abraham "Henry Abramovitch develops a brilliantly humanized portrait of Abraham as patriarch and revolutionary prophet." -Rabbi James E. Ponet Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain, Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale "Henry Abramovitch, a scholar and Jungian analyst, treats the Biblical figures of Genesis as full-blooded, living, psychologically complex human beings...This is a lyrical and moving reading of Abraham and his family." -David Shulman, Professor of Humanistic Studies and Comparative Religion, Hebrew University "A rich and compelling portrait of this towering biblical figure...Henry Abramovitch's innovative approach applies...the perceptions of Jungian psychology to a close and perceptive reading of the biblical text itself." -George Savran, Professor of Bible, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem About the author: Henry Hanoch Abramovitch is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University and founding President of Israel Institute of Jungian Psychology
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...Abramovitch manages to illumine the psychic, social and personal cost to this revolutionary figure...
First the Father Abraham is a remarkable study. Abramovitch combines his biblical scholarship with carefully applied principles of cultural anthropology and of the psychology of the innovator. He does so with imagination, insight, devotion, and playfulness. Abraham emerges as a 'spiritual revolutionary' whose personal quest enriches us all.--Robert Jay Lifton, Author of "The Protean Self"
Henry Hanoch Abramovitch is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Behavioral Science, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
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