How to read one of the most ABUSED books of the Bible (Part 2, Video)
Genesis is an ancient story.
No, you’re not rereading the post from yesterday. I am merely reminding you of the crux of what I want you to walk away knowing once we finish this mini-series on how to read one of the most abused books of the Bible. Here is the profound thing about stories: the best ones shape our lives precisely because as we read them, we are presented with both reality and possibility. Regardless of the setting or fictitious surroundings, we resonate with the characters and circumstances because they often mirror our own experience.
You have probably never cast a spell in your life, but there is something about the friendship between Harry, Ron, and Hermione that is both alluring and familiar. We most likely will never experience a utopian world of chaos and destruction where entertainment is found in teenagers killing one another to save their district, yet there is something captivating about Katniss’ loyalty and determination that we desire for our own life.
A good story pulls you into another world that you are less familiar with, a world that is often strange and dangerous. And it is this type of storytelling (please don’t get caught up on that word) that we must embrace as we approach Genesis. As stated in Part 1, this is not a claim that Genesis is fiction, rather illuminating the fact that it is ancient. It is a world completely foreign and different than our own. Despite this, when we learn to read Genesis with “ancient eyes,” we pick up on some profound truths about ourself.
Yesterday, we discussed context. Context adds specificity to your writing and directs the reader attention to a particular train of thought; thus avoiding, to a certain extent, unwanted interpretation. You can find that post here.
Take a moment to put aside everything you “know” about Genesis and let’s now consider. . .