Adam & Eve by Sena Jeter NaslundWhat Happened To Eden?
The New York Times bestselling author of Ahabs Wife, Four Spirits, and Abundance returns with a daring and provocative novel that envisions a world where science and faith contend for the allegiance of a new Adam & Eve.
Hours before his untimely—and highly suspicious—death, world-renowned astrophysicist Thom Bergmann shares his discovery of extraterrestrial life with his wife, Lucy. Feeling that the warring world is not ready to learn of—or accept—proof of life elsewhere in the universe, Thom entrusts Lucy with his computer flash drive, which holds the keys to his secret work.
Devastated by Thoms death, Lucy keeps the secret, but Thoms friend, anthropologist Pierre Saad, contacts Lucy with an unusual and dangerous request about another sensitive matter. Pierre needs Lucy to help him smuggle a newly discovered artifact out of Egypt: an ancient codex concerning the human authorship of the Book of Genesis. Offering a reinterpretation of the creation story, the document is sure to threaten the foundation of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions . . . and there are those who will stop at nothing to suppress it.
Midway through the daring journey, Lucys small plane goes down on a slip of verdant land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the Middle East. Burned in the crash landing, she is rescued by Adam, a delusional American soldier whose search for both spiritual and carnal knowledge has led to madness. Blessed with youth, beauty, and an unsettling innocence, Adam gently tends to Lucys wounds, and in this quiet, solitary paradise, a bond between the unlikely pair grows. Ultimately, Lucy and Adam forsake their half-mythical Eden and make their way back toward civilization, where members of an ultraconservative religious cult are determined to deprive the world of the knowledge Lucy carries.
Garden of Eden: What Do We Know About Adam and Eve?
In the third part fascinating new insights are given into the lives and missions of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their families. From early childhood she was blessed with the gift of spiritual sight and lived almost constantly in inner vision of scenes of the Old and New Testaments. Later, her visions became concerned primarily with the life of Jesus Christ, although they encompassed also the lives of many saints and other personages some unknown to history as well as far-reaching insights into many other mysteries.
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Temptation in Eden : Lucas Cranach's "Adam and Eve"
The Book of Genesis opens the Hebrew Bible with the story of creation. God, a spirit hovering over an empty, watery void, creates the world by speaking into the darkness and calling into being light, sky, land, vegetation, and living creatures over the course of six days. God places the two people, Adam and Eve, in the idyllic garden of Eden, encouraging them to procreate and to enjoy the created world fully, and forbidding them to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve shares the fruit with Adam, and the two are immediately filled with shame and remorse. While walking in the garden, God discovers their disobedience.
It shows how humans and animals lived together in harmony. Animals that are considered as prey live peacefully alongside with predators. They all live in the presence of humans without being afraid of them. On the lower left, we can even see a camel that seems to be smiling as it accompanies a donkey. We should see in this scene the wonderful creation of God. Everything is in order and in healthy relationships with one another — and that he gave all of these to us.
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Locke and Malthus, seamstresses of the tapestry of liberalism into which we are all sewn, ripped up centuries of orthodox biblical exegesis by arguing that Adam was not created for abundance , but to strive against the threat of scarcity. In this, they picked up the blood-red thread laid down by Hobbes and his famous assertion that all men in the state of nature are steeped in war; that peace is only won by submission to a sovereign power. Whereby it is clearly, though allegorically, signified that the commands of them that have the right to command are not by their subjects to be censured nor disputed. Did I not relieve you of every need? Adam was tried in his capacity to retain a presumption of abundance; to rest in the many instead of fretting over the meagre; to rejoice in the gifts of God rather than tremble for fear in the dark light of some perceived lack. This helps explain the demythologizing trend in the early Church concerning the fruit of the tree.