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Another Genesis 1 & 2 … Why?

Posted in: Bible & Science,What We're About by admin on August 24, 2009

For Christians, the Bible is a text book. Essentially a history text book that teaches them why they are Christians. Who God is. Why God has anything to do with us. What He’s had to do with us. Why it matters. What He wants of us. And looking to the future, what He promises us. And the history and purpose o Jesus. And then, the foundations of Christianity. And what that means, why it matters, and what is now required to live that revolution in our relationship with God. And a whole lot more. More than just history, that is.

Text books are often revised. Brought up to date. Revised to fit with new information, new perspectives, new language. A physics textbook written before Einstein would have to be rewritten to be of value to modern students. A textbook on paleontology must be continually revised to include fossils discovered in the last decade and newer scientific techniques for analyzing and dating them. A textbook on biology must be revised every few years to incorporate the newest knowledge of genetics and genomes and understanding of cellular processes and mechanics and the latest species discovered. A textbook on astronomy, written a mere decade ago, would have nothing about the discovery of planets, and star formation, and the latest theories of black holes or cosmology. Students wouldn’t even go to a university that still used only old textbooks from the 1950s.

We face much the same problem with the Bible. There are dozens of new versions that modernizing the language, incorporating new discoveries in archeology, even taking new theological or denominational slants. It is a textbook that has had many revisions and updates, especially since the King James translation of some 400 years ago. Though that version is still a favorite among many, it has been replaced by others to meet the needs and interests of many teachers and students.

Genesis 1 & 2 is a textbook in itself, a history of creation. And what we know today dwarfs what we knew but a decade a go. Think how our knowledge of the creation was revolutionized by Galileo, and Newton, and Einstein, and Feynman, and Wilson and Crick, and Hawking , and… there’s no end to it. How can we not need a new version of Genesis 1 & 2?

When Genesis was recorded, the things of which it talked were 99% (at least!) unknown and beyond even the language’s capacity, let alone the scribe’s ken. Maybe by 1611, when the King James rendition was published, maybe that was down to 98%. But it hardly mattered, because no one knew any better, no one questioned the account as the were reading it, and there were no culture wars going on questioning our beliefs in the veracity of the Bible or the reality of God, and no one’s beliefs or faith depended on what Genesis said – or was thought to say. Today, it is hugely different, on both (or all) sides of the belief divisions.

Another Genesis – THIS other Genesis – may well make the difference, whether a person, scientist or layman or atheist or Christian, believes the Bible is true, God is real, or Jesus is whom Christians say he is. So Another Genesis is potentially a game changer, and soul saver. The only question is, is it still Genesis as God intends it. Is it truth, not just more believable in our modern day? Is this other Genesis, which I have translated from the Hebrew texts, a better representation of the original message than the King James? I obviously believe it is.

You can read the Other Genesis here. You can see exactly how I arrived at this Other Translation, see how each word was interpreted, how every choice, and the reasoning and decision making led to it, in my book: Hey Mom, What About the Dinosaurs?

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