From the New York Times bestselling author of Walking the Bible comes a
revelatory journey across time and space to explore the power of the Adam
and Eve story to shape our deepest notions of love, duty, morality and family
The story of Adam and Eve has stood at the center of every conversation about
men and women in Western civilization for the last 3,000 years. It has been both a
source of division between the sexes and a model for how relationships can
survive temptation, transgression, loss, and pain. For some this story is mere
fantasy, and for others it’s a fact. But for all of us, the story of the Bible’s first
couple has shaped how we live today.
From the author of the bestselling Walking the Bible, The First Love Story
traces the legacy of the most famous couple in history to answer the question: Are
Adam and Eve merely the cause of sin, degradation, and mistrust between the
sexes, or might they be a source of unity and resilience—and even perhaps
inspiration for our relationships?
Traveling across the globe and through history, from archaeological digs in
Israel and a women’s rights protest at the Western Wall, to the supposed sight of
the Garden of Eden in modern-day Iraq and the London of Milton’s Paradise Lost,
Bruce Feiler examines how our love life, our sex life, our domestic life, and our
spiritual life are inextricably linked to the first pages of the Bible. Whether we’re
debating equal pay, the chore wars, the sinfulness of sex, or the nature of
marriage, we are influenced to an astonishing degree by what happened in
Genesis between Adam and Eve, God and the serpent—and how centuries of
religious leaders interpreted or manipulated these events to preserve their power.
But their story does not merely demonstrate something about who we are, it
also gifts us with practical wisdom about how we might live our lives. Bruce
Feiler’s book reveals that the first man and the first woman matter because they
introduced the idea of love into the world, and their enduring love provides a
roadmap for how we can persevere together and fight off the forces of alienation
and selfishness that risk tearing us apart.
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