Asimov's Guide to the Bible
This book is an incredible bargain. It contains over 1,200
pages of information you should not read the Bible without.
by Isaac Asimov
Two volumes in one (including both the Old and
New Testaments), this guide clarifies such topics as the real nature
of the Flood and the parting of the Red Sea, the significance of
Cain and Abel, the Bible's position on slavery, a possible astronomical
explanation of the Star of Bethlehem, and much, much more. His style
and prose help make the subject accessible to practically any age.
In the Beginning : A New Interpretation
Karen Armstrong never ceases to amaze me. Rather than subtitle the
book "A New Interpretation of Genesis", she should have subtitled
it "Finally, a Logical Interpretation of Genesis that Makes Sense".
I suppose that would have been a bit bold though. <g>
by Karen Armstrong
Seriously though, when I read Armstrong, I frequently
think, "this makes so much sense, why didn't I think of this before?".
If I had to read the three books by Armstrong over again from the
start, I would have read this one and Through the Narrow Gate
(which should probably be read first) before reading A History
Armstrong goes through each of the stories found
in Genesis and provides a reasonable interpretation of what each
story is about and what we can learn from them. Although she doesn't
come out with her overall view of whether all of the stories are
purely symbolic or if any may have a hint of literalism in them,
I tend to agree with Lloyd Graham's view that they are all a symbolic
creation story told over and over again with different characters
to bring out different aspects of the Hebrew thought on creation
and life in general.
The book is very short. It includes only a little
over 100 pages (not counting the actual text of Genesis which is
included in full). The sections on Noah and the Ark and Jacob were
perhaps the most interesting for me. It is certainly worth reading
for anyone interested in studying the Bible.
The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church's
Response to Extrabiblical Evidence
Creationism's Upside-Down Pyramid: How Science
Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood,
Gilgamesh, and Others
The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
by Barbara Walker
Debate the subject or just listen in on the debate
by searching one or all of these newsgroups: alt.bible, talk.origins,
Ajattele nyt he asuvat jossain siellä
hiekkaerämaassa ja äkkiä heidän pitää
hankkia kaksi norsua. Vai useampiako?
"Seem," Jaafet hoilottaa. "Onko norsu puhdas vai
saastainen eläin? Jos se on puhdas, niin niitä on hankittava
seitsemän, ja arkki on vaikeuksissa. Entä sarvikuonot?
Ja virtahevot? Mitä voimme tehdä dinosauruksille? Miten
saamme brontosauruksen kulkemaan laskusiltaa pitkin?"
Jaafetista on hauska huomauttaa ongelmista, joita
Nooalle ei ole edes tullut mieleen.
"Pandat kakarat rakastavat pandoja, emme
voi antaa niiden kuolla sukupuuttoon, mutta miten saamme kaksi niistä
tänne äkkiä Kiinasta asti?? Ja muuten, isä,
miten me sitten oikein pidämme leijonat poissa lampaiden kimpusta?"