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Ancient Records and the Structure of Genesis: A Case for Literary Unity Hardcover – December 1, 1985
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I took it home that night, and read the entire thing in one day!
We are often told that the most ancient people of Genesis didn't know how to write, that Moses was probably the first one who could write (because he learned how to write in the palace of Egypt). Isn't this the same thing we always hear -- that God's people aren't as smart or as capable as everyone else?
After reading Mr. Wiseman's book, in which he presents a very solid case, I came away believing that the ancient Patriarchs were indeed very intelligent people, and, in fact, they may have been the ones who developed writing and passed those skills on to their children, many of whom didn't stay faithful to God, but did go on to make a name for themselves in the world. So the backslidden kids got the credit for knowing how to write; but the Patriarchs faded from view (except for in the Bible narrative), because they weren't trying to make a name for themselves in the world, but rather stay true to God.
I HIGHLY recommend this book.
A fascinating parallel is listed below; the Bible wins again :) .
"The Discovery of Genesis - How the Truths of Genesis Were Found Hidden in the Chinese Language", by C.H. Kang and Ether R. Nelson, Concordia Press, 1979.
This book takes the mysticism out of Genesis and brings it into the realm of historical document. The more inquisitive in your congregation will appreciate the knowledge presented by this book.