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by John R Coats

eBook Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis ePub
Author: John R Coats
Language: English
ISBN: 1439102090
ISBN13: 978-1439102091
Publisher: Free Press (November 17, 2009)
Pages: 256
Category: Bible Study & Reference
Subcategory: Christians
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 935
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ePub file: 1376 kb
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John R. Coats holds master’s degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal) and Bennington College . I just recently finished reading Original Sinners, a 213 page book written by John Coats. As a lifelong student of theology, the Bible can be confusing and often contradictory.

John R. Coats holds master’s degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal) and Bennington College Writing Seminars. A former parish priest, he was a principal speaker and seminar leader for the More to Life training program in the United States, Great Britain, and South Africa, and an independent management consultant. Many people complain about being able to relate to the characters, removed from us by thousands of miles and thousands of years.

Original Sinners book. ORIGINAL SINNERS reimagines the stories and characters in Genesis. In this vivid, original interpretation of Genesis, former Episcopal priest John R. Coats takes readers on a journey through the ancient text, inviting them to see its characters in a new light, not as religious icons, but as people whose day-to-day concerns, triumphs, and failures are like our own. I love watching the History channel.

In this vivid, original interpretation of Genesis, former Episcopal priest John R. Coats takes readers on a journey through the ancient text, inviting them to see its characters in a. .Original Sinners - John R. Coats. In Coats’s telling, the relationships of Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Rachel and Leah, and Joseph and his brothers take on stunning contemporary relevance as these characters find themselves confronted with extraordinary situations and circumstances that they’d neither asked for nor had anything .

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What is Kobo Super Points? A loyalty program that rewards you for your love of reading. Explore rewards Explore Kobo VIP Membership. Coats looks at the ancient text and its characters in a new light, as storiesabout people whose day-to-day concerns, triumphs, and failures are not unlike our own. In fact, understanding the people and stories. In fact, understanding the people and stories of Genesis can help you understand your own life, family, and colleagues.

The stories and characters of Genesis have already shaped you more than you realize. They are embedded in the foundation of our culture. They are part of us all and belong to us all, the religious and nonreligious alike.

In this vivid new interpretation of Genesis, former Episcopal priest John R. Coats looks at the ancient text and its characters in a new light, as storiesabout people whose day-to-day concerns, triumphs, and failures are not unlike our own. In fact, understanding the people and stories of Genesis can help you understand your own life, family, and colleagues. In the relationships of Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Rachel and Leah, and Joseph and his brothers, for instance, you can see an all too familiar escalation of the toxic sibling or even workplace rivalries that tear at the fabric of contemporary life. And in Abraham's ponderous response to the command to "Go forth," and Noah's unquestioning commitment to build the ark, you can revisit the question of your own life's path -- your calling.

In Original Sinners, these characters take on stunning contemporary relevance as they find themselves confronted with extraordinary situations and circumstances that they'd neither asked for nor had anything to say about. Using stories from his life as well as the lives of people he's known, Coats creates a model that can be used to examine your own life and discover aspects of yourself in the characters whose lives unfold in these primordial stories.

Weaving together biblical scholarship from many traditions with his own reflections on modern life experiences, Coats explores the character strengths and weaknesses of the men and women in Genesis (and of his own character), revealed through their handling of ordinary matters of life and death as well as in their encounters with the divine.

Was Jacob a heartless grifter or simply clever? Was Eve the original sinner or an innocent? Was Joseph a self-absorbed brat or a forward-thinking leader? In Original Sinners, Coats pulls back the wrappings that have hidden the humanity of biblical figures and reveals the vibrant drama of these foundational narratives. "Different clothing, yes, and language, and customs, yet at the human level," he writes, "they were just as greedy and generous as we are, as gullible and crafty, as moronic and brilliant, as cowardly and brave. They are us, their stories, our stories, mirrors in which to see our best and worst selves."

YSOP
John Coats offers a thoughtful, humorous, and human commentary on the "characters" presented in The Book of Genesis. The discussions he presents include information from the most recent Biblical scholars and insight on how these stories apply to our lives. He is never preachy or insistent that his is the only correct interpretation. In fact he offers more than one possible explanation of what motivates some of the "characters" actions. Indeed he presents the patriarchs as true "characters" not necessarily pious or religious, but often humorous and flawed. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a more in depth understanding of Genesis, not the mainstream explanations, but a thoughtful look at the oldest stories in the epic of man's understanding and relationship with The Creator.
Galubel
This book unearths the lesson about human nature and presents them to a general secular audience. Genesis is brilliant and everyone could learn the lesson of Genesis.

If you are secular, this book should be your first choice about Genesis while actually reading Genesis at the same time. It would be an exceptional introduction if you are a non-believer.

However, it definitely should not be your go to book if you are a christian. (For that I would recommend the Collegeville Bible Commentary). Some comments in the book are offensively radical to many Christians.

Make sure you read genesis from the Bible as you read this.

Frustrating. Overall, at times one of the worst books I have read and yet it contains some brilliant gems of Genesis interpretive information that make it invaluable for understanding certain pieces Genesis.

Also, 1/3 of the book is useless filler.

The good insights could have been summarized at 1/3 of the length. This feels like a well researched dissertation and experienced insights stretched into a book with entertaining filler as fluff.

Your first-choice study guide should be the Collegeville Bible Commentary -- not this.
Ydely
John Coats has done all thinking Jews and Christians a favor. He brings the characters in the Genesis story more to life than they are in scripture, especially "flat" characters like Noah who show no sign of personality. It caused me to reread Genesis more thoroughly than I had since seminary 40 years ago. I bought a copy of The Jewish Bible, Tanakh, because he refers to it often. I've recommended it to the Old Testament Professor at my seminary at Sewanee, The University of the South. The Rev. Ken KinnettOriginal Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis
Lonesome Orange Kid
I have not had the opportunity to read at length, yet what I have read and learned, is quite interesting.
GAMER
I gave this book to a rather religious friend who didn't actually read the book, but "skimmed the first couple of chapters" before proclaiming that the book was heresy and further more she didn't have time to read stuff she didn't believe in.

I'm sure she doesn't have time to write a review either, hence the one star rating is for her benefit.

She once complained to me that her three best friends were atheists (counting me as one of her three best friends). After I read the book I thought that if she really wanted to make inroads with her friends into her beliefs, this was a book to gift, but again she said, "Why would I ever give people a book I don't believe in".

I just hope she didn't burn it.

As an atheist who followed a similar path as the author in his early years (yes - I was a Royal Ambassador also)I felt that this was a thought provoking book (unlike my dear friend who was just provoked). I will admit that I haven't been a scholar of the Bible so I found some of the references confusing but I still enjoyed book. In reading some of the other reviewer's comments, I tended to agree with their assessment of this body of work, and like some would love for Mr. Coats to dissect more Chapters of the Bible.

And yes, I would recommend this to other people. My personal rating for this book is 4 Stars.
Ylonean
I just recently finished reading Original Sinners, a 213 page book written by John Coats. As a lifelong student of theology, the Bible can be confusing and often contradictory. Many people complain about being able to relate to the characters, removed from us by thousands of miles and thousands of years. Empires come and go. Cultures rise, evolve, and fade. But the one thing that hasn't changed that much, and remains pretty much the same regardless of time or place is human nature. In that, we are pretty much the same. What motivated Eve, Jacob, Rebecca, or Joseph pretty much motivates us today. The other thing many people have difficulty with is the language. The Bible is very difficult to accurately translate. The words often don't have the same meaning to us as they did for their original audience thousands of years ago.

The beauty of this book is that Mr. Coats does a masterful job of "humanizing" the characters, from Adam to Joseph (did you know, for instance, that "adam" was actually a Hebraic word for "human being" and not a person's name? Just as Adam was, well, an "adam", so was Eve!). At the same time, the author takes the core of the story, such as Noah and Flood, and places it in a modern context by relating his personal experiences, and in doing so, offers the reader to do the same thing. Once you understand what the biblical author was trying to say, and thanks to Mr. Coats, place it into our world, the story comes alive and becomes more relevant. I strongly recommend you check out this book.
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