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Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times

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About the Author

Dr. Ruth Beechick is author or editor of more than 100 manuals, workbooks and other items for Bible learning, as well as several books on education topics. She is a former teacher and professor of education, and is known for her talent in making complex topics clear and understandable. "Adam and His Kin" continues in that tradition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Mott Media (July 2, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940319071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940319073
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read this book several times since it first came out. I've given 2 dozen as gifts and will give more as it is easy to read/comprehend. I think it should be required reading by every 6-12th grader in every school to try and balance the incessant/overwhelming dumbing down of our kids as relates to 'REAL' scientific inquirey and the foundational knowledge upon which our republic and civilization rests. You won't find this in public or school libraries because of the 'censorship' that goes on, and not by right-wingers, so you must get this in your own library. It's very thought provoking and if you read Nat. Geographic, etc. the known technology and many artifacts from past eras take on a whole new meaning.
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"Adam and His Kin" by Ruth Beechick has given me a new look at ancient history. Where many historians think that it took man thousands or even millions of years to invent musical instruments or develop the ability to smelt metals, "Adam and His Kin" shows how men did these things in less than 1000 years after he was created.
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
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WOW! There were a lot of ideas in this book that I already had, and a few that were new to me, but the way that Ms. Beechick weaved together the Biblical account with history and made it easily readable was just amazing. I've read many books on this time period. Most of them are very scholarly, which definitely has it's place, but this was a quick, light, fun read, that was still jam-packed with lots of info. She also includes a great bibliography, so I can't wait to start researching more.
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I wanted to like this book. I really wanted to like it. But...

Okay, in my opinion, taking a Biblical event and making a clearly fictional story out of it is a perfectly fine thing. It can be fun, add depth and dimension to an otherwise difficult to visualize story, and even draw people in to reading the original (more people interested in reading the Bible for themselves is a very good thing!). So I like the concept a lot. I also have no problem with the Young Earth perspective the author uses. In fact, I'd whole-heartedly approve, but that's beside the point. Except for the very beginning of the book, that issue doesn't really come into play in any way. So if you disagree with 'it was all made in 6 literal days', that's not a good reason for not reading this. However, there are several other problems that combined to make this book...well, un-readable.

First, I picked this up thinking it would delve into the characters from Genesis. I thought the author would give us a personality for Adam and Eve, dialogue with their children, make us perhaps identify with their temptations, conflicts, and world. Instead, it was simply wooden and dry. I was not impressed. The familiar characters are all touched on, but briefly, as if the author is afraid to give any of them personality in case it offends someone's world view. But then it goes and adds a type of culture that seems a bit, um, weird.

Which leads me to my second problem with this book. Multiple times uses astrology as a means of giving the people knowledge. My thought is 'where did this come from?'. It just seems so out of left field! So the author wanted to have the pre-Noah people aware of God's plan - fine. She wants the preachers (like Enoch) to have something to preach about - sure, why not? But astrology?
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The book reads like a narrative, starting with Adam and Eve in the Garden, ending with Abram leaving Ur. It was a refreshing way to read the unfolding of Adam, Eve, Abel, Cain, along with Noah and his son's lives. The author spices things up by inserting what she believes these people felt and thought.

" 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.
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