Genesis 32 – Jacob & Esau his brother meet reunite. Wrestling match. The TRUTH?! Where is it!

Jacob departs after his covenant with Laban, and on his way he meets angels of God, saying, “this is God’s army” so now we have a place named Mahanaim for this reason.

At this point, these angels remain nameless.

And he seeks out his brother Esau:

Genesis 32:3 – And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the field of Edom. And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye say unto my lord Esau: Thus saith they servant Jacob, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now: and I have oxen, and asses, and flocks, and men-servants, and maid-servants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favor in thy sight.

14 years is a long time to be away from family, so this sounds like a reaching out of peace to his brother who he deceived twice, and who he knew wished him dead. His messengers return to tell Jacob his brother is indeed coming, but with 400 men. Jacob is frightened and splits his camp in two, so that if Esau was to attack and wipe out one, at least the other would survive. Jacob prays to Jehovah asking for protection, repeating the promise back to Jehovah he was told he would receive. He REALLY must have been in fear if he reaches out to Jehovah this time, which isn’t surprising knowing what he did to his brother.

Jacob gathers a large gift in hopes to appease Esau before he arrives: 200 female goats and 20 male goats, 200 ewes and 20 rams, 30 milch camels and their colts, 40 cows and 10 bulls, 20 female donkeys and 10 foals. He sent each group forward, separate from each other (goats separate from rams, etc.) so that as Esau approached each group, he would be told that they are gifts from his brother Jacob to appease him in the hopes he will accept him. The groups he divided travel on to perform their mission and Jacob prepares:

32:22 – And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two handmaids, and his 11 children, and passed over the ford of Jabbok. And he took them, and sent them over the stream, and sent over that which he had. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was strained, as he wrestled with him. And said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is they name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, They name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for thou has striven with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?

So how did this work? As he sat alone a man comes along and start wrestling him and they grapple until the sun rises? Was it customary for men to randomly wrestle strangers, if so, what for? This is the first time the Bible has mentioned wrestling, will it occur again?

As the story ends, I am reminded of the vision of Abraham and Jehovah where Abraham’s horror/dream ends as the sun rises. What is it about the sun rise that causes these supernatural events to cease? Is Jehovah primarily nocturnal? Similar to what we would know as a vampire? Does he require blood?

So thanks to this event, Jacob’s name is now Israel, he has a limp, and the children of Israel do not eat “the sinew of the hip which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day” because this man touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh. Is this “sinew of the hip which is upon the hollow of the thigh” party of every animal’s anatomy? Or just humans?

I’m pretty sure there is anatomical term for this sinew, a quick Internet search has not given me an answer yet.

So what exactly is “touched” in this case? A mere finger brush? A strike? A penetration through the skin like a stabbing? I’d also be interested in a physiologist’s interpretation of this event. Does sinew = muscle so he suffered a muscle strain? A torn ligament? Not being pastoralists or butchers of animals, most people today wouldn’t understand “the sinew of the hip which is upon the hollow of the thigh”. I, in my basic understanding, would say this is a hip ligament that connects to the thigh bone (the hollow of the thigh, knowing that dried bones are hollow). Only someone who has butchered an animal (or a human!) would know what this means in human anatomy.

SIDE NOTE!

Other biblical versions are saying that this “man” was actually an angel, so suddenly the deviation of Biblical texts from one another are really throwing a wrench in translation. We are told this was a man in ASV, but after Jacob gets his revelation of his new name, he claims he has seen God face to face (32:30). So it’s been established, according to Jacob/Isaac, God can take the form of a man and the Bible will simply describe him as “a man”. A mystery man if you will.

Stepping on over to KJV, I now see that Jacob’s name Israel was defined “A prince of God”. Isra-prince, El-God? Isra sounds alot like Ezra. This ASV verse I quoted above leaves out the “prince” word, and it completely changes the interpretation in my eyes and mind.

With all these translations, versions, interpretations, how in the world is anyone supposed to find the truth? Yet I know there are churches out there, non-denominational, Born Again, Protestant, Catholic, and every mix in between that says there’s is the truth, and because they claim to be holders of the truth, they turn on and attack one another. And the followers and parishioners of each attack the other.

If this “book” in it’s multiple versions, truly was the word of God, why are there so many variations? Is this a Tower of Babel type confusion put upon the people of the earth? Not only do we speak multiple languages, but the Bible has become a series of different languages/interpretations!

Believers out there: Why should someone, with no preconceived notions about this book, who has collated a long list of inconsistencies within and among different versions of this book, not just shelve the book and move on to other fruitful endeavors?

My bet: I’d get hundred’s of different answers, most dealing with a punishment of Hell, and I’d put money on that the answers were not found in the Bible, but in individual’s translations of this Bible, negating their answers as FACT. I don’t want opinions or conjecture, I want the truth. I’d see 100 versions of the “truth” at this juncture, then 100 more, until at some point I close my eyes and ears to modern man’s Bible and wait for divine intervention to answer me.

In the meantime I would live my life in peace, with respect to all life around me, with respect to the mystery of creation and this universe, helping my fellow man/those in need to the best of my ability, nurturing future generations, respecting righteousness and fair law.

BUT, because I didn’t say those “magic words” (and you born agains know who you are and what those words are) and because I can point out inconsistencies in the Bible (from the very beginning in Genesis Books 1 and 2) I guess I’m going to burn in Hell?

Well, if hell is where I go and you arrogant Christians are not there with your falsehoods and judgements, maybe it’s not so bad.

One of the reasons I started this blog was because a friend of mine had two “Christian” women tell him he was going to hell for believing the Bible contradicted itself. When he tried to prove his point with actual verse (again, try Genesis Books 1 and 2), they laughed at him and walked away mid-sentence. They mocked him. I took up the figurative sword and shield and started reading on my own and found, that, right off the bat, the contradictions do indeed start piling up.

This is a good time for a break. Maybe the spark of divination, that same spark I had when I was very young and proved the presence of the universal force of peace and balance, and gave me belief in God, will come back and give me direction. In the meantime, this book (or books since there are so many variations) gets closed up.

 

 

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Genesis 30 – Jacob’s son of Leah, Rachel, and their handmaids. Man dragons?

Rachel, envious of her sister’s births, angers Jacob by demanding he give her children, when Jacob lays the blame for her closed womb on God. In another common occurrence, Rachel demands that Jacob impregnate her hand maid, and now we are told that Jacob has lain with a woman for the purpose of bearing children.

Sons of Bilnah and Jacob (Words of Rachel who named the sons):

5. Dan – “God hath judge me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son”

6. Naphtali – “With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed”

Rachel claims she has prevailed over Leah despite having to resort to her handmaid for her sons and being outnumbered 4 to 2. Leah, who had left off bearing, answers back by having Jacob impregnate her handmaid, Zilpah.

Son of Zilpah and Jacob (Words of Rachel who named the son):

7. Gad – “Fortunate!”

Reuben, the oldest son, finds mandrakes in the field during wheat harvest and brings them to his mother Leah. His aunt Rachel demands Leah give them to her (they must have had some serious value) and Leah refuses, telling Rachel that not only has she taken her husband, now she wants to take her sons mandrakes. In a telling verse, Rachel offers a trade: Reuben’s mandrakes and Leah is allowed to sleep with Jacob (does this answer the previous question: Was Jacob the father of the first four sons of Leah?)

Genesis 30:16 And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for I have surely hired thee with my son’s mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.

Lely, Peter, 1618-1680; Reuben Presenting Mandrakes to Leah
Depiction of a young Reuben bringing mandrakes to his mother Leah. Note the ‘handmaid’ with child, most likely Dan, Naphtali, or Gad borne to handmaid Bilnah. Also note the (collared) dog in the painting, because there is correlation (warning on pursuing this connection)

We are told God hearkened unto Leah (who was no longer able to give birth aka “left off bearing” but now she was?)

Sons of Leah with Jacob (Words of Leah who named the sons:)

8. Issachar – “God hath given me my hire, because I gave my handmaid to my husband”

9. Zebulun – “God hath endowed me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons”

Daughter of Leah (no indication Jacob was the father): Dinah.

God “remembers” Rachel, who has been barren all this time, and opens her womb (no indication Jacob was the father though it’s a good assumption).

10. Joseph – “God hath taken away my reproach; Jehovah add to me another son”

Back to mandrakes: can also be translated as “man dragons”, they seem to be a plant found in parts of the middle east. It could also be a general term for a group of hallucinogenic plants. An internet search will show that some of these tubers called mandrakes actually look like humans. The context of it in this book is unknown, however the idea that Leah would trade mandrakes to Rachel for the privilege of sleeping with her/their husband means that these items were highly valuable to Rachel, enough where she’d let another woman (even though it was his wife) sleep with him. Twice.

mandrake root
Hallucinogenic? Collectible? Why would Rachel, who was highly envious of Leah for having an open womb, allow Leah to sleep with Jacob for the mandrakes that Leah’s son Reuben had gathered? Here is an example of a creature figure like root of what is commonly known as mandrake. The mandrake in this book could be an entirely different plant however.

 

Genesis 19 – The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; The creation of the Ammonites and Moabites

Lot, Abraham’s nephew/brother, meets with the 2 angels and welcomes them into his home to rest and stay the night, but the angels prefer to stay in the streets all night. The men of Sodom surround Lot’s house:

Genesis 19:5 – and they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men that came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

Initially this seems like an innocent request to meet with the two men. Unfortunately we are then clued in to what “know” means in a disturbing response from Lot:

19:7 – And he (Lot) said, I pray you, my brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters that have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing.

Lot, standing outside the door with one of the angels, offers to throw his two virgin daughters to the wolves to protect the two angels. Noble indeed, but what does this tell us about how he, or can we even say men of that era, thought of their daughters? He didn’t offer gold, silver, or cattle, to keep the men outside his door at bay, he offered his virgin daughters. We know he was rich in cattle from previous verse where he split his flock from Abraham’s. The two angels manage to get Lot inside the house and close the door, and blinded the men outside the door so that they could not find the door.

The angels tell lot to gather his relatives, for the destruction of the city is at hand. In the end Lot can only muster his wife and two daughters (for their husbands mocked Lot.) The angels tell lot to leave immediately, but he does not:

19:16 – But he lingered; and the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters, Jehovah being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

They “set” Lot and his wife and daughters outside the city. Being that they are angels, can we assume that they actually lifted them up and dropped them off outside the city? Or did they take them by the hand and lead them walking/running to the outside of the city?

Lot is told to escape to the mountains, but he begs to be allowed to hide in a small city not connected the Sodom and Gomorrah, the city which becomes Zoar. Lot enters Zoar and then:

19:24 – Then Jehovah rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah out of heaven; and he overthrew those cities, and all the Plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

This is interesting because it is truly supernatural to think that someone could turn into a pillar of salt. At first I thought maybe it was a euphemism for a pile of ash, which would make sense when fire is raining down from the sky. But salt? And only when they looked upon it, everyone else had their back to the event and were safe. Was this a measure taken to ensure that whatever was really happening was kept a secret by the non angels Lot and his family? That’s one way to keep a secret of Jehovah and the angels method of raining fire and brimstone.

Pillar of Salt
At Mt Sodom stands a pillar called Lot’s wife. The rock does look ‘melted’. In many cases this would be more of a phallic symbol. So is the story of Lot’s wife a parable to explain this mysterious pillar? Or can the melted bones of Lot’s wife be found in this pillar?

19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the Plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt.

So this rescue was done as a favor for Abraham, and apparently not so much for Lot.

Lot leaves Zoar in fear, and goes to the mountain that the angels had told him to go from the start. It doesn’t say what he feared, or why he would fear staying in Zoar if Jehovah had just rescued him from the cities destruction. In another disturbing story, Lot’s daughters, fearing that there are no longer any men on earth, get their father drunk and sleep with him on subsequent nights so that they could conceive children. The logic here is that, knowing they believed they were the only ones left on earth, they commit incest to create children who would also have to commit incest in their generation to procreate.

The fathers/roots of the Moabites and the Ammonites are conceived.

Genesis 11 – The Tower of Babel

Genesis 11:1 – And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed east … 11:4 and they said, Come, let us build a city, and a tower, and let us make us a name; let we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

The whole earth spoke one language, and they were journeying east. Notice the direction constantly mentioned is east: there is gold to the east, Adam and Eve were placed east of Eden, Cain was banished east of Eden.

The last part of that verse is intriguing, they want to make name, otherwise they would be scattered abroad. So they build a tower to reach heaven. Are they looking for a heavenly name?

Unfortunately, unlike Noah’s ark, we have no description or dimensions to describe the Tower. It must have turned into dust over time because we have no archaeological evidence of the Tower existing, so all we are left with is renditions of the imagination:

Tower Babel
An interesting rendition of the tower, which solves the spiral affect of building upward and thinning out. Also, it represents some currently existing structures found on the earth. The magnitude of such a tower is mind boggling.

While it’s not directly stated, it’s almost implied that they want to be gods or God-like. An interesting parallel to Adam and Eve who, if they ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, would also become “like gods”.

So, in answer similar to Adam and Eve, Jehovah responds:

11:6 – And Jehovah said, Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do: and now nothing will be withholden from them, which they purpose to do. Come, LET US go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

There is the “us”‘ again, pointing not to one being in heaven, but multiples as we saw in Genesis Book 1. The idea that they would become like gods if they succeeded: “…nothing will be witholden from they, which they purpose to do.” So, it sounds like they were doing it so they could be Gods or God like.

So not describing who or how or where these languages went, Jehovah confounded their languages so they could not understand each other. A cultural explanation of why other nations speak different languages put into myth? An actual event which spread the descendants of Noah who once traveled in one group all over the world?

Then Genesis 11 continues on with the lineage of Shem (is this an allusion to the idea that the lineage of Shem are the people in said story?) The roots of Abraham are put into place. One verse of interest to note: Abram was by birth, a Chaldean:

11:27 – Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot. And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

So now we get some locality, Ur of Chaldees being in Babylon. Is this where Abram’s ancestors were scattered to during the Tower of Babel fiasco? And now Abram is being told to come back? Conjecture at this point.

Genesis 9 Part 2 – Noah’s drunkenness & His Son’s Legacies. Genesis 10 – Lineage

In an odd event that results in even odder results, Noah is found drunk and naked in his tent by his son Ham, who goes and informs his older brothers. His brothers grab a garment, place it over their shoulders and walked in backwards towards Noah so as not to see him.

Noah wakes up, realizes what happens, and instead of cursing Ham, curses Ham’s son, Canaan. Noah curses his own grandson because of the actions of Canaan’s father. We are told Noah was a righteous man, perfect in his generations, and he walked with God. Yet he got caught in this unfortunate, if not embarrassing, situation, at which point instead of repenting for his drunkenness, he curses his own grandchild? This curse is for Canaan his grandson to be servants to the lineage of Shem and Japheth.

Genesis 9:26 (Noah speaking) And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant. God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.

Is Jehovah also not the God of Canaan, Japheth, and Ham? Is it up to the grandfather to appoint such a sentence to his grandchildren? Interesting story and outcome. He blesses Jehovah who is God of Shem and he wants God to enlarge Japeth.

Noah dies after 950 years and his lineage is described in Genesis 10. A few interesting verses to note:

Genesis 10:8 – And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before Jehovah: wherefore it is said, Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before Jehovah

The last time we heard about “mighty men” it was in reference to the children of the Sons of God/Daughters of men who were called Nephilim and giants. A quick internet search for Nimrod uncovers an interesting image:

Nimrod lion
That’s not a cat, it’s a lion!

Hopefully we come across Nimrod again in future verse, I’d like to know more details.

Genesis 5 – The Lineages, Enoch son of Seth

Probably the most interesting part of these sections is the length that man lived in those days. Adam gave birth to Seth “in his own image” at the age of 130 years. Finally we see a possible reference to Adam giving birth to daughters: Genesis 5:4 “…. and the days of Adam after he begat Seth were 800 years: and he begat sons and daughters.” What I’m not sure of is whether it is referring to Seth or Adam. It repeats the same words for Seth so it must be Adam.

In the midst of the birth/death lineage, we find an example of someone who does not fit into this mold: Enoch, son of Jared, son of Mahalel, son of Kenan, son of Enosh, son of Seth (3rd son of Adam we assume.)

Genesis 5:21: “And Enoch lived 65 years and begat Methuselah: and Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah 300 years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the days of Enoch were 365 years: and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”

Enoch
Are you aware of the existence of the Book of Enoch?

Very interesting! Enoch did not die, he walked with God, therefore, he was “not.” Also is it coincidence he lived 365 years, as there are 365 days in a year? Is Enoch a reference not to just a man, but the generation where this number became of cultural significance? Doesn’t say so, but the numbers tend to hint to more than what is being read.

Also note this man is not the Enoch of the lineage of Cain, who was Cain’s first born and who he built a city named after.

Now we are introduced to Noah, the son of Lamech, who says:

Genesis 5:29 “…and he (Lamech) called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us in our work and in the toil of our hands, which cometh because of the ground which Jehovah hath cursed.”

So Noah is said to come to comfort the people because of the suffering they experience due to the ground Jehovah has cursed. Initially I feel this points to the curse Jehovah put upon Adam, and Noah was their reprieve. So, without peeking into the future, will the ground no longer be cursed thanks to Noah? Will the earth provide its strength now that he is here? Must read on to find out.

And Noah has 3 sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Genesis 4 – Cain/Abel, Curse of Cain, Cain’s wife?

Genesis 4:1 “…I have gotten a man with the help of Jehovah.” Ok, is she referring to getting a man (Adam)? Or is she referring to a “man” being born to her who was named Cain? With really zero information about how/why they became so, Abel is said to be a keeper of sheep (pastoralist) and Cain a tiller of the ground (agriculturalist). Jehovah favors Abel’s offerings over Cain’s, Cain becomes angry, and he is scolded by Jehovah. He is told that if he does well, his offering will be lifted, but if he does not, then it is a sin, which he is told he does rule over the sin. Cain confronts his brother in the field and slays him.

Cain and Abel
A rendition of the slaying of Abel and the discovery by Jehovah

Jehovah curses Cain to walk the earth as a wanderer and a vagabond, and the earth will not yield to him. Cain, in anguish, says the curse is too much to bear and that all who meet him will want to slay him.

Genesis 4:14 “… and it will come to pass, that whosoever findeth me will slay me.”

Ok, supposedly Cain is the 3rd person to have been created, so then who is he referring to when he says “whosoever”? Is he referring to other people who wander the earth, people not addressed in this particular Jehovah creation? Could he be referring to the beings that God in Genesis 1 refers to when he says “we”?

Cain is still Jehovah’s creation so he puts a curse on anyone who would slay him will receive vengeance 7 fold, and Jehovah appoints a sign for Cain so that anyone who finds him will not kill him. So just what was this “sign”? I hear it often called the “mark of Cain” but it’s not described. Was it an actual sign worn over his neck? Was it a mark on his body, face, or other that would make it apparent to anyone not to slay the wearer?

Cain leaves Jehovah, goes to the land of Nod, east of Eden, and with his wife, conceives his first son Enoch.

Ok, so where did his wife come from? Was she already on the earth just in a different part? Those who believe Adam and Eve were the first two people on earth would just then say “oh well Adam and Eve must have had daughters.” But the Bible does not mention any daughters! Again, it does not even mention that Adam and Eve were the first on earth, only that they were put into the Garden to tend to it. We just ASSUME they were the first.

Mysteries that are just not covered in the text. I believe they are key to our understanding of what the stories of the Bible truly tell. Creation was good in Book 1, but the Creation of Book 2 to this point on is chaotic, bloody, and imperfect and leads to more questions that just aren’t answered in these texts.

So what happens when there are no definitive answers? We come up with our own. “Well Adam and Eve had daughters so that explains where the wives came from.” The Bible does not say that. “Adam and Eve were the first man and woman on Earth”. The Bible does not say that.

When we make up our own answers and conclusions, and the person next to us makes up their own, then we source the divisiveness that has separated individuals, families, congregations and churches since the first “church” was created.

Genesis Book 2 – Creation Contradictions

Please read and analyze

Genesis 1:28 says God created man and woman and mandated their dominion over the earth. Verse 29 says that God gave man and woman “every herb yielding seed” and Verse 30 “every green¬† herb for food” and mandates them to go forth and multiply.

Yet in Genesis 2:5 we are told “And no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up” because there was no man to till the earth.

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Unless Book 2 is rewinding and going over the details of Book 1, this doesn’t make much sense, and even if it is rewinding, the order of creation is different (see paragraph below). The phrase “in the earth” is probably primarily translated as “the world” but does it really say that? Could this verse be describing a particular spot in “the earth”? I’ve got “earth” in my front yard, but that does not equate with the entire world. So why is it translated so?

In Book 1 God made animals first and THEN made man. In Book 2, Jehovah God creates man and THEN animals. What’s going on here? See the difference? Is there a difference between God in Book 1 and Jehovah God in book 2?

Genesis 2:7 “Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground”. But we are told man was already formed in Genesis 1:26. Was this a different type of man? Also, Genesis 2:7 does not specify that this was the FIRST man. It’s an assumption we all make. Wasn’t there already another man created? If so then Adam is NOT the first man. Maybe the first man of a certain lineage but Book 1 tells us man was already made. To lead us a bit, we are immediately introduced to a geographical reference in Genesis 2:8 where we are introduced to Eden, which is “eastward”… but eastward from where? This “where” is HUGE to know. Because I believe that Genesis Book 2 is simply a description of creation of man and culture in a SPECIFIC area on earth. Which specific area? Look to Genesis 2:11 where the four rivers are described that define this area: Pishon that encompasses Havilah, Gihon which encompasses Cush, Hiddekel which is in front of Assyria, and lastly the Euphrates (which for some reason didn’t need any further clarification).

Remember the “go forth and multiply” mandate of Book 1? In Genesis 2:15 Jehovah God puts man in the Garden of Eden and assigns him to dress and keep the garden. What happened to the mandate of go forth and multiply? This particular man was created to tend to the Garden. Not only that, woman wasn’t even created for him to procreate with at this point in verse. Yet we are in Book 2 after the mandate to go forth and multiply?

We are told that it is a simple continuation of Book 1, but it clearly is not. We can try to force the issue and just pretend these distinctions don’t exist, but this is not what the Word is telling us.

My theory: Adam is not the first man of the planet earth. He is the first man of the earth in the land defined by Jehovah God.  This theory gets supported further in upcoming books where Jehovah clearly defines his domain with CLEAR borders and delineation: the Tigris, Euphrates, the sea, and the wilderness.

To finish Genesis Book 2, Jehovah God forms animals from the ground and populates the fields and the heavens (skies). Jehovah God then performs what we would call an intensive surgery by putting Adam under (aka a “deep sleep”), cutting him open, removing a rib, and then closing his flesh back up. From Adam’s rib was created woman and the cultural norm of what we call marriage was instantly defined.

This is a cultural norm, in some cultures the woman leaves her family to join the man’s, and in this case and culture, men leave their family to join the woman.

TheGardenOfEden
Artist Rendition of the Garden of Eden. Remember this garden is “eastward” of an important Biblical site briefly mentioned in Genesis

So at this point, Adam, Eve and animals created by Jehovah God roam the Garden of Eden. What is happening in the rest of the world? Most Christians assume nothing because the Bible does not mention it and they assume this is the beginning of all life on earth (despite the words of Book 1).

 

Introduction

It all started after a tense but friendly discussion in which my counterpart was quoting and interpreting scripture in a way that seemed, in my opinion very non Christian. I was witnessing a Christian pick and choose Old Testament scripture to justify the annihilation of an entire group of modern peoples. It had been a long time since I had truly studied the bible, so I was unable to point out scripture that countered his arguments.

Ironically, that same week, I began to use an abandoned office at work. It was abandoned in the sense that the individual who used to use the office was laid off 5 years earlier and the office remained unused, so entering it was basically going back in time when this person received their pink slip, gathered their personal belongings and left the job site for good. Strewn all over the walls were memes, scriptures and quotes. Seek Jesus, the Lord is My Shepherd, 9/11 Never Forget, President Bush – My President, I am the way the truth the life, etc. As I began to organize and make space for my work equipment, I removed a small poster off of a cabinet only to find a hidden poster under it.

It was a printout of what a 5-day weather outlook would look like, and at the top, it said Afghanistan. Monday through Thursday showed generic weather predictions. Friday, however, was nothing but a mushroom cloud. Was putting up a poster indicating the nuclear assault of Afghanistan a Christian thing to do?

I said, “That’s IT!” The bible I read as a child, a teen, and a young adult, and the teachings I received through the church did not mesh, AT ALL, with what I was seeing from many war mongering, hate feeling, and egotistical people who called themselves Christians. Christians acting extremely non Christian is what chased me away from the church and group study to begin with. Suddenly it was coming full circle I was beginning to encounter them more and more in my daily life.

Disclaimer: I am not saying all Christians are like this, I have met many to the contrary, but for some reason I seem to be engaging the war mongering Christians more often and, because it’s been so long since I last studied scripture, I found myself unable to specifically counter their arguments with the only thing that they will listen to besides their pastor or a local questionable Christian radio station: Other Scripture.

So here I go, it’s back to the Bible. Testament by Testament, Book by book, Chapter by Chapter, Verse by Verse. This is going to be a long journey, I am going to be analyzing the King James Version verse by verse, adding my analysis, interpretation, and most of all, my questions. I am not claiming to be right in my translation, but I do pray to God in Jesus name to help me be wise in my reading and to seek out knowledge in the hopes I may share it, right or wrong, with other Christians and create a discourse that leads to better understanding for us all.

Let us begin…

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