The Old Testament (Book of Genesis)

Impressions of the Old Testament (the journey begins):

I mentioned to a friend and colleague of mine that I was beginning this project. I said I was starting with the Old Testament and she looked a little amused: “Really?’ she said. And in the elevator ride back to our office floor, she then asked me what version I was reading. I told her the title—she wasn’t sure which one I had.  She offered me a version of the Bible that had multiple versions of the Old Testament.  (As long as I wasn’t using the King James version, the one that, according to her, is the one that’s mostly made up, I was fine.)

Showing me the version I now have in my office, she pointed out the differences in the creation of Adam and Eve (in one they’re created together, in the other Eve is created from Adam). Great, the first thing I will read will be confusing: how does anyone know what to believe?  Just given these two stories, I shook my head.  I can see taking the creation of Adam and Eve on faith.  But that Eve was created from a rib? I will be curious to see what else waits for me to discover.  My only other sense of the Old Testament involves fire and brimstone, eye for an eye, and a whole lot of listing of who begat whom.

She also asked if I planned to also read the Torah and the Koran.  These two might fill out the picture of the Old Testament.  I said that I might—it would be interesting to do so—but that I would get to one at a time.

The journey begins with Genesis.

About virgowriter

Brad Windhauser has a Master's in English from Rutgers University (Camden campus) and an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte. He is an Associate Professor (Teaching/Instruction) in the English Department at Temple University. His short stories have appeared in The Baltimore Review, The Santa Fe Writer's Project Journal, Ray's Road Review, Philadelphia Review of Books, Northern Liberty Review, and Jonathan. His first novel, Regret (a gay-themed thriller set in Philadelphia) was published in 2007. You can read more about (and buy) it here: His second novel, The Intersection, is being published by Black Rose Writing September 2016. He is one of five regular contributors to On his solo blog, he is chronicling his experience as a gay writer reading the Bible for the first time: Follow his work at:
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6 Responses to The Old Testament (Book of Genesis)

  1. Harrod says:

    Not only are there 2 stories of creation but in one of them snakes are condemned to eat dust forever (they don’t do they?!) and several major rivers combine into a single river (they don’t).

  2. Michael says:

    For me, the Torah is the same as the Old Testament, but maybe she meant the Tanakh (including the Books of the Prophets and the Rabbis’ commentaries…). Looking forward to following this project!

    • virgowriter says:

      My understanding is that the Torrah and the Old Testament are very similar (if not the same). But I’m no expert I will have to ask her about the Tanakh. Thanks for reading! (And the input.)

      • Dan says:

        The Torah is the first 5 books of the Old Testament. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy. Some people also call it “The Law” and “The Pentateuch.” Penta – Five Pentateuch means “five books.”

        I just stumbled on your blog while searching for another thing called “The Bible Project.” They make amazing videos summarizing books of the bible. I’ve been watching them before I start and after I finish a book of the bible. It’s really helping me see the big picture of each book as I read through the entire bible. I’m interested to see what you think of the bible. Congrats on starting this epic journey.

  3. Lisa (Jenkins) Schulist says:

    Hey, cousin! I only read the parts of the Bible that I “had to” to be confirmed (8th grade – I was not a fan of church!). In case you’re not aware L,L & I were raised Lutheran (uh, more or less) – mom’s influence. Fyi…your little 2nd cousins asked me about Adam and Eve recently. I said “I don’t really get it either, but It makes a good story!” Then I went on to explain that they’ll be learning about evolution in school too and that science is really important! ;0) Great project – looking forward to following along with you.

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