The Fall of Man and Brotherly Murder (Genesis 3-4)

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fall iconAn Apple? Have you ever been tempted by an apple? I would have been like, “cover it in caramel and come back to me. You got any cake back there?”
—Jim Gaffigan

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(3:1-3) Enter the serpent, who was craftier than the other animals. It asks the woman about the dietary rules of the garden, to which she replies that they may consume the fruit of any of the trees, but “God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it, and you shall not touch it, or else you’ll die.'” Question: why isn’t the woman (later named “Eve”) freaked out that a snake just started talking to her? Do all animals talk in the garden? Or is Eve just a relative of Lord Voldemort and speaks Parseltongue? Continue reading

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In the beginning (Genesis 1-2)

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h4nxzAEA subject for a great poet would be God’s boredom after the seventh day of creation. 

― Friedrich Nietzsche

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And we’re off! But already I have questions. For instance, what was God doing before he created the heavens and the earth? In St. Augustine’s day the running joke was that “he was preparing hell for those who ponder into [such] mysteries.”

It should be noted that these informal reviews are meant to supplement a reading of the Bible itself, which I highly encourage for a fuller understanding. You can access the designated chapter online (NRSV) by clicking the number above.

Here’s what God’s calendar looks like for the week:

  • Day 1: Heavens, earth, light, day, night
  • Day 2: Sky, water above the sky, water below the sky, heaven
  • Day 3: Earth, seas, vegetation, seed-bearing plants, fruit trees
  • Day 4: Sun, moon, stars
  • Day 5: Creepy Birds and Sea-monsters
  • Day 6: Creepy beasts, Man
  • Day 7: Siesta

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