Author’s Note: After writing what is now Part One, I still had more to say. However, it looked pretty “tied up,” so I decided to break my own rule of one post per chapter. (It may not be the last time, but I’ll try to do it sparingly.)
So I’m only three chapters in and I’m already mad at this book. That didn’t take long.
As one of the most famous chapters in the Bible—Adam and Eve eat fruit from tree of knowledge and get cast out of Eden—I know I have more biases and prior knowledge here than other chapters. But in looking closely at the text itself, rather than a fable-ized version, I found both surprises and interesting parallels.
It’s all downhill from here…nah, just kidding. This is where it gets interesting: it’s like viewing a string of landscape photos and then finally getting to one with people in it.
This first chapter oversees the creation of many binaries—heaven and earth, light and darkness, morning and evening, moon and sun, etc. There is an overarching sense of progressive division—one becomes two. Even so, with the creation of division comes the creation of binaries, and we all know the problem with binaries. (They are sometimes arbitrary, and one side always ends up being the “better” one.)