Genesis Bible Commentary: Overview
by Rod Martin, Jr.
This is an introduction to a series on the first six chapters of Genesis—the first book of the Bible.
From a logical standpoint, there may be two main ways to look at the Bible. One is that of a work of literature compiled from several sources, some of them borrowed, but all in an attempt to make some sense of the universe around us from a metaphysical perspective. This is a strictly secular viewpoint—one based on the continuity of "cause-and-effect" physical reality.
The other main way is that of divine guidance. Scientists, as a whole, typically don't like this approach, but like it or not it is just as valid. The Bible purports to be a work of divine guidance or inspiration. What if it is? If we ignore this, then we have to throw out a great many clues based on a prejudice. Such a biased approach is not at all scientific, though such divinity reaches outside of the purview of science. One can easily explore both approaches. And in fact, some of both may be true.
When I was researching for my Atlantis novel, "Edge of Remembrance," I made a number of discoveries about the geology of the region which support the past possible reality of Atlantis.
I also discovered a couple of items about Genesis that intrigued me enough to investigate further. I wanted to look into every good lead on human prehistory that I could find. I considered Genesis an "unknown quantity" in this regard, but full of potential. I wanted to fund my novel with as many reality-based facts as possible.
I started with the hypothesis that not everything in the Bible is to be taken literally and that perhaps the timeline was one of those things which was not to be taken at face value.
I also found a striking similarity between a pattern I discovered in Genesis and the Kabbalah's (Jewish mysticism's) "Tree of Life."
Read the Book that Changes Everything
This book is from years of my own research into a biblical timeline compatible with those of mainstream science. I wasn't surprised that God's holy book would match his own creation (reality), but there were many surprises, including discovering through science the target of Noah's Flood -- a species which went extinct at that time.
Problems with Interpretation
Biblical literalism is an abomination. These are words a biblical literalist does not want to hear. That's understandable. Anything that seems to attack their beliefs, they may feel is also attacking the Bible. But let's look at that thought for a moment. Do beliefs about the Bible equal the Bible? Are beliefs and the Bible equivalent? Some might think so, but they are not equivalent. Is a photo of an apple equivalent to an apple? Of course not! You can't eat the photo.
The problem with biblical interpretation is that, all too frequently, ego becomes attached. When ego gets involved, then any amount of discussion tends to threaten or bruise the ego.
True biblical interpretation is humble and hungry for answers. Without that humility, one can never receive the answers to their questions. Without the hunger, you are likely never to ask new questions.
There are thousands of different interpretations of the Bible. Only one can be right on any topic; one or none. What if all interpretations are wrong? What if they all fall short of the Truth of God's Word? Shouldn't we remain humble and hungry for answers? Shouldn't we not crave the lazy and easy of the literal?
In 2 Corinthians 3:6, we are warned not to clamor for the letter (literal), for that only leads to death. Only the spirit will lead to life. The literal is only a starting point -- the place to dig for the spirit. Most people don't want to do the work of digging.
In this series, I have documented some of my own digging. This only scratches the surface. Let love guide you to help me in digging for more spiritual gold.
Why was God satisfied with the results of Noah's Flood?
Genesis Bible Commentary: SERIES
The following links will take you to the various parts of the series.
- Genesis Bible Commentary: Tree of Life (1 of 6)
In my search for answers in Genesis, I discovered what might have been a major breakthrough: the Kabbalah's (Jewish mysticism's) "Tree of Life" embedded in two chapters of Genesis.
- Genesis Bible Commentary: Timeline Problems (2 of 6)
Science and a literal interpretation of Genesis do not agree. It's obvious that either science is wrong or the interpretation is wrong. One look at our technological world should tell anyone that science is doing pretty good. So, what can we do with
- Genesis Bible Commentary: Timeline Clues (3 of 6)
In my quest to solve the Genesis timeline problem, I found some important clues. This was only half of the solution, but it was an impressive start.
- Genesis Bible Commentary: Magic Numbers (4 of 6)
I had found what looked like half a solution to the Genesis timeline problem. Two more numbers give me the rest of the solution: a biblical timeline compatible with those of science.
- Genesis Bible Commentary: A Problem with Noah's Flood (5 of 6)
There are many scientific problems with Noah's Flood. I wondered, though, if there might be some clues in this story to corroborate my new Genesis timeline.
- Genesis Bible Commentary: God's Reason for the Flood (6 of 6)
Research led to a possible Genesis timeline compatible with those of science. Comparing that timeline to those of science revealed an answer to another Genesis puzzle. Who were the "daughters of men" -- the ones who led to the destruction of Noah's F
© 2012 Rod Martin Jr