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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Coats Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 stories about 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 between 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kevin | 7/30/2010

    " And interesting perspective. I don't really agree with the author's take on the Bible but I found his exploration of Genesis worth reading nonetheless. It is an odd sort of mix of literary analysis, Biblical exegesis, theology, commentary and memoir. Coates' personality makes it work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 3/12/2010

    " Secular bible stories for the non-theist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Xox | 2/21/2010

    " Trash and religious bullshit. What so original about sin? Sin is a religious term invented by religious morons. Even the title is stupid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by J. | 1/22/2010

    " In just a few short pages Mr. Coats has already upended most of what I assumed to be true about the creation narrative. Fascinating reading. Can't wait to tackle more of it tonight. "

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