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Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times
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Where much of "Adam and His Kin" is imaginary and supposition, it is biblically based. It showed me that Adam, Seth, and Noah could have kept their own written records. They did not need to depend on oral tradition to pass important historical information from father to son. It radically changed my interpretation of the book of Genesis.
This book stimulates the intelect of an adult and yet keeps the attention of a child. My 8 year old daughter and 6 year old son have enjoyed listening to this book.
Despite the fact that one person I asked did not care for this book I was convinced to buy it because it came so highly recommended by several home school curriculums. I have also read other books by Ruth Beechick and highly recommend them. These include "You Can Succesfully Teach Your Child," "The 3 R's," and "Home School Wars and Other Writings." Ruth Beechick is a very interesting and understandable writer.
Beverly S., a home schooling mom in Maryland
For me, it was not. The author states that she taught Sunday School for children and that she has taken the things she taught and woven them into stories which may have been true, but are really things she has just made up to make the Bible Stories more readable.
She described God creating the world and her description is nothing like I have ever been taught, studied as theory, or even thought about. It sounded and read like a description given to a five year old.
So, I went on though the creation including plants, animals, and Adam and Eve. Somehow she missed the part about Eve being created from Adam's Rib, which is crucial to the understanding and follow through of the theology present throughout the rest of the Bible.
She described Adam (who brought Eve into it for some reason) naming the animals and conversing with them. I do not see how Adam named those animals, let alone subdued them,(no explanation given on the crucial issue of why he might Need to subdue them), slowly and ponderously. Throughout the discussion, Adam sounded, not like a man created in God's image, but like a poor guy who could hardly get through the day. It sounded as though this entry was written for a 10 year old and Adam just did not sound too bright.
Next, we come to the Temptation by the Serpent (snake). The author got mixed up on the trees involved: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life.
Adam and Eve did fall and were banned from the garden.Read more ›
" You won't die, " the serpent said. "God knows that when you eat the fruit your eyes will be opened and you will be as gods, knowing good and evil." The woman contemplated the tree. Its fruit looked pleasant and good to eat. Would it really mak her wise like God, knowing good and evil? She stepped in for a closer look. Then she picked a fruit. Turning it around in her hand, it seemed a small matter if she should taste it. Just one little bite. And so she did. At that moment, the spirit within her died. Its radiance faded, and she stood beside the tree feeling helpless and naked. The serpent quickly disappeared. He was not going to hlep her. "That deciever!" she exlaimed. She did know evil. That much of the serpent's words came true. And how terrible it was! Evil was inside her. Coul she throw asay the fruit? Could she cough up the bite and spit it out? Could she undo her act in any way? No, it was done. She couldn't restore her innocence. Adam must eat the fruit too. He must not leave her alone in this condition. Frightened and distraught, she ran to Adam, the remains fo the fruit still in her hand. Seein her pitiful state, Adam needed no explanation. Her confused words, her crying, her begging tore at his heart.
Though not EXACTLY what may have happened, it's not impossible something to this magnitude did occur. With Cain and Abel, Ruth Beechick writes:
As he shouted at his brother, a terrible idea came into his mind. "Come into my filed," he said.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book itself was pretty good. It fit seamlessly with our history lessons thru Veritas Press. Some parts were mundane and unnecessary to the story, so I skipped over those, but... Read morePublished 17 days ago by aggietwins03
Very interesting topic and approach to God's plan through Adam.Published 3 months ago by Karathoner
A great story book of what might be the happenings of Adam's family.Published 9 months ago by Laura Hawkins
The book my daughter needed for class and the ease I needed for acquiring it.Published 12 months ago by Wendy
Interesting POV on the other details of how they may have lived, acted, etc. in Bible days.Published 13 months ago by WiseCrew
Great read. Beechick tells her reader that she takes some fictional liberties- which she does with the characters- but she never diverts from Biblical accuracy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Greg Young