New epic poem offers a way to look at current events and issues of inequity and racism using biblical stories

Ofer Agam reinterprets the stories of Esau and Ishmael to address modern issues in ‘Othered No More’

February 25, 2021 12:56 AM EST

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DALY CITY, Calif., Feb. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intrigued by the power of biblical stories and their characters and how they are still relevant, Ofer Agam shares a fantastical retelling of Esau and Ishmael in “Othered No More: ישמעאל את עשיו Ishmael and Esau” (published by Archway Publishing). In the epic poem, the two vilified Biblical characters must work together in modern times to avert the world’s end.

 

In the Bible, both Ishmael’s and Esau’s first-born rights are given to their brothers Isaac, and Jacob. “Othered No More” shows the men’s experience of being “other” in both the Genesis stories and other rabbinic literature as a desperate Esau seeks advice from his uncle Ishmael. A spokeswoman named Bat Kol intervenes and offers the two a way to overcome their unjust predicaments. Through the story, Agam offers lessons on morality and ethics, as well as a plan for addressing sustainable living amid threats of global climate change and mass migration.

 

“The fear of the other is an issue that has preoccupied me my entire life. That fear is the source of all racism,” Agam says. “I want the reader to take away that our world is still redeemable and that we can do something to improve it in terms of mass migration, climate change, as well as our humanity.”

 

“Othered No More” is available for purchase online at the Archway link above, at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/Othered-No-More-Ishmael-Esau/dp/1480893587.

 

“Othered No More”

By Ofer Agam

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 126 pages | ISBN 9781480893580

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 126 pages | ISBN 9781480893566

E-Book | 126 pages | ISBN 9781480893573

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

 

About the Author

Ofer Agam hopes that the fear of “other” becomes a thing of the past, leading to a world of harmony and better lives for all its inhabitants. His words offer a different perspective on a specific scenario which applies to all humankind. “Othered No More” is his first book in a forthcoming series. He has also written “Tag in the Dark.”

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the worldwide leader in self-publishing, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 844-669-3957.

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