Mind is not the originating point for such revelations. It transcends the mind. At that level, they are conflict-free; confusion-free, tension-free and interpretation-free. Turner, works from the conviction that Genesis can be read as a…
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The narrative has many surprises, authentic innovations and ironies. Take for example Turner’s comments about the first verse of Genesis. To quote the first verse, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”(Genesis 1:1, 2, NIV) Turner responds to this revelation thus: “The first verse of Genesis not only reveals a lot about God, but also attacks the common ancient view about religion. In doing this, it sets the trend of the creation account as a whole, which takes every opportunity available to confound the conventional wisdom of its time.”(p.19)
The thinking of the people impacted by the materialistic civilization, scientific advancement, industrial and internet revolution have put many of the original contents of the Genesis in dock. Voluminous literatures, a number of books have been published on Genesis, and many attempts have been made to probe its depths. The intellectuals, the mind-level scholars interact with biblical texts in novel ways, and this stand was unthinkable a generation ago. Many have the audacity to comment that Genesis reflects the viewpoints of the time to which it belonged. Turner is quick to counter such mind-level architects of the scriptures vehemently. He writes, “This is not the case. Genesis has always been out of step, not only with the prevailing views of its own time, but also with ours today. It was radical then. It is radical now.”(p.19)
To put God in the weighing scale of intellectualism and treat His revelations like the oscillating pendulum, is the worst mistake committed by the present day scholars who make attempts to interpret Genesis. But it is possible for a discerning reader or critic,
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These three sections are each identified with a set of chapters based on distinct subject content, as follows: Section I (Genesis 1 – 11) provides account of the full story of how God created the natural world with all the living and non-living in it among which human beings are at the highest order ranking far above the rest of creation for having rational intellect and freewill.
The Exodus is divided into two main sections, with the first section focusing on the departure of the Israelites from Egypt, while the second section details how the Israelites wandered in the wilderness. The first section is from chapter one to thirteen, and gives an account of how the Israelites had been enslaved in Egypt for many years.
Torah has six major parts which begin with the earliest history, creation of universe and human beings, and conclude at Moses' farewell (Friedman, Bible Dictionary). From the outset the relationship between the creator and its beings is enveloped in a shroud of seeking divine favors and avoiding God's wrath when transgressing the path of good into the evil periphery and beyond.
This is to say that God chose his reflectors in human nations to be able to deliver his image of godliness as best and to the topes accordance of beauty in a god as a god could exhibit in his people, surroundings, majesty, artistic creation of things and subjects of his ruling domain.
The view long traditional in both Judaism and Christianity is that Moses authored the entire Pentateuch. Here and there in the Pentateuch Moses is said to have written certain things, including law (Ex 24:4) and the vow to extirpate the Amalekites (Ex 17:14), but nowhere is it affirmed that the Pentateuch was authored by Moses, or indeed by anyone else.
These laws include rules for making sacrifices (Leviticus 1-7) and instructions for building a tabernacle (Exodus 25-27). More than law, however, these books contain guidelines for living. These include the Ten Commandments in the book of Exodus, which outline the nature of the Hebrew God and his relationship to the people of Israel, as well as "models for imitation" such as the faith of Abraham.
ul reading of the primary material—the Torah itself—modern readers can employ such writing to come to a greater understanding of the ancient document, which continues to influence our world today. Friedman’s argument primarily comprises a historical review of the
Divine revelations emerge from the bliss-level, the conflict-free, duality-free zone.
Majority of the Christians have been taught from childhood that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,
The process of divorce came into being to allow for a legal and formal separation. Within the Christian religion there has been varying views and beliefs of this process. The issue of divorce under Mosaic Law as outlined in the Pentateuch was one of the