A Liverly New Interpretation of Genesis: Original Sinners

Today, I got a new book entitled Original Sinners by John R. Coats. As soon as I got the book, I looked at the contents. In his new interpretation of Genesis, Coats, former Episcopal priest, explores the strengths and weaknesses of the characters in the book of Genesis. Beyond the biblical scholarship, I think that his theological reflection on the people and stories of Genesis can help our own life, family, and colleagues. Senior Publicity Manager, Heidi Metcalfe introduces this book as follows:

Coats demonstrates how we can view the characters and stories on Genesis as metaphors in which to see the best, the worst, and all the intermediate states in ourselves- greed, generosity, betrayal, growth, and trasformation and redemption.  

I recommand the book anyone who wants to reflect the significance of the stories of Genesis for our contemporary life, not to explore the socio-historical contexts from which the book of Genesis emerged.

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4 Responses

  1. What if I don’t believe in original sin? Would you still recommend this book?

  2. What do you mean by original sin? This book is not about the doctrine of original sin but the theology of sin in the book of Genesis, or a contemporary reflection on characters and events in Genesis.

  3. Does the book support the idea of Original Sin or not? Even if that isn’t the main focus, does it address the question?

  4. Well, I think this book has nothing to do with the idea of original sin. The book focuses on the people and stories of Genesis that can help you understand your own life. However, you may consider the idea of original sin or original sinners (characters in Genesis) in relation to your life.

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