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Thursday

David Rosenberg is doing his level best to take the maybes out of biblical history. His latest effort is a fairly exhaustive “historical biography” about the father of Isaac and much of modern religion. For those of you who missed Sunday school, his name was Abraham. Some 1,800 years before Jesus began his brief and controversial existence, Abraham is supposed to have smashed a few idols and given birth to the then-novel idea of a singular god. David Rosenberg’s Abraham: The First Historical Biography also examines sources such as the Book of J, written by a distant relative of King Solomon. Rosenberg reads at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-4227. (Mike Kanin)