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In and Out of Paradise: The Book of Genesis…

In and Out of Paradise: The Book of Genesis from Adam and Eve to the Tower…

by Conrad L'Heureux

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In and Out of Paradise gives a clear and easy to understand explanation of the creation stories in Genesis 1-11 by one of the leading experts in the history of the Ancients Near East. Dr. L'Heureux compares the biblical materials with related stories and myths of the ancient civilizations of Sumeria and Babylon and helps the modern reader make sense of the narratives in the first chapters of Genesis. Discovering that the stories of Adam  and Eve, Noah's Ark and the Tower of Babel are not scientific and factual reports with only one meaning frees believers to explore their deeper meaning and to enjoy and appreciate the beauty and artistry found in them. The Israelite genius who assembled these stories had a profound understanding of the divine revelation about human origins. When we become aware of the great variety of meanings found in interpretations of these creation accounts through the centuries, we will learn new ways to explore them for our age.

In and Out of Paradise is written for the modern Bible reader who leaves to science the task of explaining the exact beginnings of the universe and the evolution of the human race, but seeks a religious meaning of life from Genesis. This book will help us realize that we too have the freedom and responsibility of Adam and Eve to work out the meaning of the age-old story for the specific setting of our own lives.

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