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.