Title: Who Told You that You Were Naked?
Author: William E. Combs
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing
ISBN # 978-1-942587-68-2
“If we recognize the root of sin is our mental capacity to discern good and evil, then we can begin to understand we are incapable of overcoming this antagonist,” William E. Combs writes in his book, Who Told You That You Were Naked? A Refreshing Reexamination of the Garden of Eden.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-forty-two-page paperback targets readers looking for an updated viewpoint of the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden. Using the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, verses are written throughout the text and discussed in detail. After an introduction, ten chapters with discussion questions cover the topic, ending with endnotes.
Written by a retired Presbyterian minister, the book concentrates on possible scenarios of Adam and Eve in the Garden after they had eaten of the tree of good and evil, became shameful being naked, and felt guilty disobeying God. Also using examples of Cain, Moses, David, Paul, John, and Jesus in the Bible, added are the author’s personal experiences, interjections, and other interpretations of Scripture.
~ Why ~
Since we were not in the Garden of Eden when the first couple sinned, we do not know explicitly what each was feeling when partaking of the tree of good and evil. The writer’s creative vignettes force readers to think how it may have happened and why. I appreciated the mentioning of touching verses eating the fruit, exegesis versus eisegesis, and contemporary and alternative interpretations of the historical, life-changing event.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have or want a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not be interested in this book about the inception of sin and path to eternal salvation. Some may not like a book with a pastor’s experiences or analogies such as outhouses, an earth-swallowing event, or his wife’s challenges. Others may notice the highlighted repetition of statements which are meant to stop the reader and consider its content.
~ Wish ~
Although I felt parts of the book got off topic and included personal references, I was reminded that Jesus dying on the cross for our sin reestablished God’s direct relationship with us.
~ Want ~
If you do not mind a retold version of Adam and Eve that takes ample liberties regarding our inherent knowledge of good and evil, this may bring it to the forefront of your thinking.
Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
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