That view of the matter is a bit harsh, as later in the Book of Genesis
Esau shows he isn't wicked.
I also liked the idea that Rubin took a purely religious text, the book of Genesis
, and explored it from a secular standpoint, science.
The Book of Genesis
, with its cycles of creation, recreation and life came to mind when Ovadia Yosef, a senior rabbi from Israel's coalition government, called for Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas to "vanish from our world.
And it is precisely this distance from the purported divine nature of the subject that gives The Book of Genesis
Illustrated its power and allows it to be revelatory and irreverent simultaneously.
So I see no conflict at all between the truths that I understand the book of Genesis
to be asserting - the sovereignty of God, the purposefulness of Creation and a sense of building out of Creation something greater, something which can last for an eternity - and science which just tells me the best available understanding of how that was done.
It has reportedly taken four years for Crumb to reinterpret the Book of Genesis
, working from the King James Bible and Robert Alter's translation.
This particular story appears three times in the Book of Genesis
, twice with Abraham and once with Isaac (vv.
Terry Wright's excellent new book, The Genesis of Fiction, examines six renowned novelists--Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Jeanette Winterson, Jenny Diski, Anita Diamant, and Thomas Mann--who have mused in print and sometimes in interviews over the ideologies, textual antecedents, and even, in some cases, the didactic motivations generating and informing their own rewriting and appropriation of the stories found in the Book of Genesis
The practice of placing ash in the shape of a cross on the forehead stems from the biblical the Book of Genesis
, where God castigates Adam and Eve.
If that is in reference to Adam in the Book of Genesis
, Chapter 2, verse 17, "But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it"--the scripture doesn't say apple.
The core of and impetus for Goldenberg's deeply and massively researched book is that strange (and, as it turned out, portentous) entry in the Book of Genesis
(Gen 9: 18-25) which describes how Noah and his three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, finally disembarked from the ark and were instructed to people the earth; how Noah raised grapes and made wine, and how he drank the wine and became drunk and passed out, how his three sons found him naked, but only Ham (the youngest son) peeked at the old man's nudity.
The book also includes in appendixes an analysis of the chronology of several texts of Luther and Melanchthon on the book of Genesis
from 1518-1545, a convincing critique of Peter Meinhold's conclusions regarding the textual reliability of the lectures (compiled from lecture notes by Luther's students and published in four volumes from 1544-1554), and a bibliography of 16th-century Genesis commentaries.