photo by John Tarr

How many stories have you read since childhood? How many of those have you studied, torn apart, memorized? Genesis has been with me longer than any friend, longer than my own husband. So as I began this research for my third novel, Genesis was the part I thought I knew. The mythologies of the ancient Near East were the unopened package – the dark mysterious new date. Was I in for a shock!

I can see my mistake now. I had taken those first pages of scripture and placed my seal upon them. Stamped them with issues relevant to me and viewed the stories with familiar eyes: Creationism vs. Evolution. Myth vs. Fact. Allusions  of Christ and proof of the Trinity. It was all there or so I assumed.

There was so much I never pondered.

My old friend was ready to talk.

Remembering who Genesis was originally written to immediately cast a new light on the text. How could I’ve forgotten their importance? I passed over the issues facing a wandering band of former slaves as if Moses intended for my generation to be his primary audience!

Surely Genesis was an encrypted message meant to supplement modern science.

Hints of the BIG BANG. Chronology of the Earth’s time line.  Origins of humanity. There could be no higher calling than to speak to directly to the pinnacle  of man’s knowledge… right?

Wrong! My issues do not necessitate God’s message. His agenda cannot be hijacked.  And while the message of Genesis is timeless, God’s mission was not to provide a treatise on how He created the world and what materials He used. After all, when gas goes to four dollars a gallon and you’ve lost your job to a collapsing economy, is your first question the age of the earth or Good God, who’s in control?

Trail the path of the wandering Israelites  and discover how God used the cultures around them to reveal His character.  You’ll see Genesis in a whole new way.