Genesis I Robert talks to poet and translator Stephen Mitchell, who has just issued a new translation of the book of Genesis. Mitchell is fascinated by the mystery and strangeness of many of the stories in the book... the talking serpent in the Garden of Eden, the fact that Jacob wrestles and defeats God... and thinks that other translators and scholars often gloss over them. Mitchell has not divided his book into its traditional chapters, but has instead identified each story as being the work of a specific writer.
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Robert talks to poet and translator Stephen Mitchell, who has just issued a new translation of the book of Genesis. Mitchell is fascinated by the mystery and strangeness of many of the stories in the book... the talking serpent in the Garden of Eden, the fact that Jacob wrestles and defeats God... and thinks that other translators and scholars often gloss over them. Mitchell has not divided his book into its traditional chapters, but has instead identified each story as being the work of a specific writer.