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Hi Tom,

<Currently, the world is drowning in a sea of literalism where religion is concerned. TPC is a direct challenge to that kind of thinking. >

I have not had the opportunity of reading your book yet, so can't comment on it's content. I do have a question regarding your statement above however :

In Genesis 1 : 1 it says:

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

I wondered how you interpret this? In the Hebrew it actually literally translated says:

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth HAD BECOME tohuw(wasteland), and bohu(laid waste); and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

Literally this describes a cataclysmic destruction of the earth prior to man's creation. How would you symbolically interpret the hebrew version of this passage ie :

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 and the earth had become a wasteland.

I find that most symbolism loses it's power of explanation when the original texts are read in their original languages and placed in context to their period....

For instance the serpent in the garden of Eden: Long before the word nachash (hebrew word used in genesis translated as serpent) came to be used to describe a certain type of slithering reptile, it was used to describe a certain type of shining being who possessed supernatural powers much like the word cool today means nice whereas fifty years ago it only meant cold. If we insert the correct hebrew meaning for serpent ie supernatural being in the place of serpent, we no longer need a symbolic interpretation to make sense of this passage. In fact a literal interpretation explains perfectly why cultures the world over practise serpent religions....

Personally I think the world is drowning in a sea of bad translations and misinterpretations, but that's just my personal view and as i said, I haven't read your book so perhaps i am misunderstanding your statement, but would nevertheless be interested in your comment on how translation affects interpretation and whether or not you take this into account.

Blessings
banah

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