Contributors: Oct. 28, 1996

DAVID VAN BIEMA reread the Book of Genesis three times--in three different translations--in preparation for writing this week's cover story. He was impressed not only with the book's importance as "one of the ultimate faith statements in our culture" but also with its power as "the granddaddy of family sagas." The reaction was typical of Van Biema, who is fascinated with how issues of faith affect both the secular and religious communities in America. In this, he was guided by the expertise and reporting of TIME's longtime religion correspondent Richard Ostling. The revival of interest in Genesis, Van Biema surmises, may...

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